Statement of David Hansen Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary

On June 2, 2020, David Hansen, associate university librarian and lead copyright & information policy officer at Duke University, testified on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries at a Senate subcommittee hearing on the DMCA notice-and-takedown system.

Hansen testified that most universities and research libraries straddle both sides of Section 512—they operate as service providers for a large number of users, but are also significant producers of creative copyrighted content and are rightsholders themselves.

“In general,” Hansen said, “Section 512 works well for us now and I do not believe its balance is askew.”

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