LCA Expresses Concerns with Proposed Statutory Damages Legislation

On December 12, 2007, the Library Copyright Alliance hand delivered a letter to U.S. Representatives Howard L. Berman (D, California) and Howard Coble (R, North Carolina) expressing serious concerns with the proposed Section 104 of H.R. 4279. The letter states that section 104 would exacerbate the orphan works situation by greatly increasing the amount of statutory damages plaintiffs could recover for infringements of compilations and derivative works and would make libraries and their patrons even more reluctant to use orphan works of this sort.

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