October 18, 2017

Library Copyright Alliance Issues Statement on Copyright Reform

In the wake of the rejection of the Google books settlement, there have been ongoing discussions of legislative solutions to a variety of copyright issues affecting libraries. The Library Copyright Alliance, comprised of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), issued a statement on May 16 that said “libraries would support an effort to amend the Copyright Act to benefit libraries only if it offered significant benefits over the status quo,” including eliminating the possibility of statutory damages in order to encourage libraries to make appropriate uses. The full statement can be read here.

See also in LJ: Uncertainty About ‘Fair Use’ Is Hurting Academic and Research Libraries, ARL Report Says

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Michael Kelley (mkelley@mediasourceinc.com) is the former Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal.