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LCA Responds to Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement

On October 15, 2015, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) responded to the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator’s request for comments on the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, calling for striking a balance between protection and access, basing policies on data, eliminating counterfeit goods, and implementing public access and open education policies.

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NYPL Represents Libraries at House Judiciary Subcommittee Copyright Hearing

On June 2, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) issued a press release endorsing Greg Cram’s testimony in front of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.

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LCA EndorsesJames G. Neal’s Fair Use Testimony at House Copyright Hearing

On April 4, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) issued a statement endorsing the testimony of James G. Neal, Columbia University librarian and vice president for information services, who testified before the US House of Representative Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet

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James G. Neal Testimony and Supplement for the Hearing on Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works

On April 2, 2014, James G. Neal, university librarian and vice president for information services at Columbia University in the City of New York, served as the voice of libraries when he testified at the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet’s hearing on preserving and reusing copyrighted works. Read Testimony (PDF) Read Supplement...

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LCA Submits Statement to House Committee Regarding Unlocking Consumer Choice Wireless Competition Act

On June 6, 2013, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted a statement to the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet in regard to the hearing on H.R. 1123: The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.

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LCA Members File Comments to IPEC in Regard to PRO-IP Act

On March 24, 2010, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) submitted comments to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator’s (IPEC) request for comment as the Office prepares the Joint Strategic Plan envisioned in the PRO-IP Act.

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Issue Brief on ACTA

On October 15, 2009, Janice Pilch authored an issue brief on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) – a proposed international agreement aimed at creating a stronger framework for global enforcement of intellectual property rights, with a scope covering counterfeit trademarked goods and infringing copyrighted works – and the concerns for libraries.

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Issue Brief for Concerns Regarding Traditional Cultural Expression, July 22, 2009

The Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) on Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions/Folklore is another focal point of the World Intellectual Property Organization. The IGC is charged with studying the policy positions of legal management and protection of certain cultural works created by indigenous communities. Should copyright law (or something like it) be used to protect these works? How does...

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Issue brief for the WIPO Development Agenda, June 17, 2009

The WIPO Development Agenda is a set of 45 recommendations adopted on September 28, 2007 by the WIPO General Assembly, aimed to address the interests and needs of developing and least developed countries within the international intellectual property system. It originated in an effort to ensure that intellectual property law and policy continue to serve the public good by encouraging...

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ALA and ARL Submit Letter to President on Future Appointments

On April 2, 2009, members of the Library Copyright Alliance joined public interest groups, library associations, and trade associations to urge President Obama to increase the balance in appointments to intellectual property policy positions and to create offices devoted to promoting innovation and free expression within the relevant agencies.

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