On January 1 each year, the world gets a little freer as many creative, historical, and scientific works — some famous, many more out of print and little known — come out of the copyright closet and enter the public domain. On January 1, 2022, these will include all the
On January 1 each year, the world gets a little freer as many creative, historical, and scientific works — some famous, many more out of print and little known — come out of the copyright closet and enter the public domain. On January 1, 2021, these will include all the
This note is not “legal advice”, but my informed assessment of the particular case. Any librarian or education official should assess the opinion in light of their own situation and legal environment. I hesitate to say it, after 12 years and numerous orders, decisions, and appeals, but it looks like
The US Copyright Office was asked by Sens. Tillis and Leahy, in the wake of the Allen v. Cooper decision earlier this year, to study the question of state sovereign immunity in the copyright context. A number of university and library entities, and practitioners in the field, have weighed in:
Sara Benson (University of Illinois), Meg Oakley (Georgetown), and I wrote a white paper for ARL about CONTU — the Section 108 ILL guidelines developed in the 1970s. Read more here!
MSP has made available guidance about copyright and instructional materials — that can be found online at the MSP website.
UMass has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education – Open Textbooks Pilot Program. The comment is available at UMass’ institutional repository, ScholarWorks.
Library copyright experts (attorneys and librarians) have jointly published a “Public Statement on Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching and Research“. We hope this will clarify copyright questions for library and academic staff charged with rapidly transitioning classes to online, when students, faculty, and library staff may have not had
On December 20, 2019, a group of music librarians, archivists, and library copyright specialists submitted comments to the Copyright Office in response to its Notice of Inquiry regarding Music Modernization License Implementation Regulations. We write to encourage the Office to include options in the new blanket licensing structure appropriate for
I recently published a book chapter (“Hooking Your Audience on Copyright”) in Coaching Copyright, edited by Kevin L. Smith and Erin L. Ellis (2019). The chapter is available open access at ScholarWorks.