Library Advocates

ALA Washington Office

The American Library Association's Washington Office tumblr. We post about federal policies that affect libraries, including copyright, privacy and access. We also post about ebooks and, admittedly, the occasional library fluff.

Library Advocates

Posts tagged copyright

Apr 15
“As libraries begin exploring ways to deliver legally obtained and responsibly monitored content to patrons, we will have to offer a counterpoint to the concept of “free” as the automatic enemy of rights holders. While we know that it is anything but free to provide these services (no-fee or no-charge is perhaps a better description), the public often perceives it as such, and simply banning phrases like “read for free” or “watch for free” from the world’s largest Internet index will not reduce infringement.” Abby Lull (transformativetidbits), Indexing the internet and searching for “free”

Apr 14
“Fundamental values of librarianship—including intellectual freedom, fair use, and preservation of the cultural record—are in serious conflict with the existing court ruling.” Carrie Russell on Garcia v. Google, Inc.


Mar 19

Mar 18
Take down but don’t take away

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—of which ALA is a member—submitted comments (pdf) to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet regarding another hearing on copyright reform. This hearing concerned Section 512 of the copyright law (called the “notice-and-takedown” provision) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. This provision provides protection for internet service providers from liability for the infringing actions of network users. Libraries can be considered providers of network services when they provide wi-fi or other network services. Certain conditions, of course, must apply for the library to get this protection.

Take down but don’t take away

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—of which ALA is a member—submitted comments (pdf) to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet regarding another hearing on copyright reform. This hearing concerned Section 512 of the copyright law (called the “notice-and-takedown” provision) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. This provision provides protection for internet service providers from liability for the infringing actions of network users. Libraries can be considered providers of network services when they provide wi-fi or other network services. Certain conditions, of course, must apply for the library to get this protection.


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Jan 8
Now Available: Archived Copyright Tweetchat
On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, school principals, superintendents, librarians and educators participated in an interactive question-and-answer tweetchat with copyright expert and bestselling author Carrie Russell. Education professionals who missed yesterday’s copyright tweetchat now have access to the archived tweetchat.

Now Available: Archived Copyright Tweetchat

On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, school principals, superintendents, librarians and educators participated in an interactive question-and-answer tweetchat with copyright expert and bestselling author Carrie Russell. Education professionals who missed yesterday’s copyright tweetchat now have access to the archived tweetchat.


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