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Advocacy Alert! Contact Senators TODAY about the Copyright Office

Please contact Senators Cardin and Van Hollen today asking them to oppose S. 1010, which is scheduled for a vote on Wed by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Neither Senator serves on this committee, but their opposition is needed.

More information from the American Library Association Washington Office:

With fewer than two weeks left in this congressional session, we face serious threats on the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress.

On Wednesday, December 12, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (S. 1010), a Senate companion to the already-passed House bill (H.R. 1695) will be voted on by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, in spite of strong opposition by ALA and others in the library community. There is intense industry pressure to pass this legislation in the lame duck session, even though this would take authority away Dr. Hayden and give it to the President.

ALA strongly opposes this bill. We urge you to contact your U.S. Senators now to express your personal opposition and ask them to vote against it.

We must keep Congress from undermining Dr. Hayden and her leadership. Make your voice heard for the Library of Congress and libraries everywhere–for Dr. Hayden, a past-president of ALA.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 

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Participate in Copyright Law Tweetchat on Jan. 7th

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Can you legally photocopy pages from that textbook? Can students legally remix music for school assignments? What does fair use mean, and how can it be applied in the school library or classroom? If you are a school librarian or educator who is confused by copyright law, you’re not alone. School principals, superintendents, educators and librarians have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject.

On January 7, 2014, from 6:00-7:00p.m. EST, school leaders will have the opportunity to have their questions answered during an interactive tweetchat with copyright expert and bestselling author Carrie Russell. Participants can submit questions and take part in the free tweetchat by using the #k12copylaw hashtag.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch post.

Copyright Workshop for School Librarians

Carrie Russell from the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office will offer an online workshop entitled “Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators” on Thursday, April 11th from 2:30-4pm. The workshop description states that it will offer guidance on ways to legally provide materials to students by exploring common scenarios encountered by school educators and librarians and is based on her book by the same title. Registration is through the ALA Store. This is not a free workshop. See the registration page of individual and group rates.

Revised Federal Issue Briefs available

The 112th session of Congress will begin on Wednesday, January 5th.  The American Library Association (ALA) has revised the Issue Briefs that provide information on key federal issues that impact libraries.  (These are the same types of briefs that are used for National Library Legislative Day, an annual advocacy event.)  The topics covered are:

  • Access
  • Appropriations for Libraries
  • Broadband & Telecommunications
  • Copyright
  • Government Services & Information
  • How to Use the Washington Office Online
  • Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • School Libraries
  • Surveillance & Privacy

 

Court ruling may threaten libraries’ lending rights

A recent court ruling on copyright infringement in the business world may have impact on libraries’ ability to lend books because of its interpretation of the “first-sale doctrine” exception.  The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) has filed an amicus curiae brief to voice its concerns.  For more information, go to the District Dispatch posting.  It includes a link to the amicus curiae brief and an announcement from LCA, which provides a more detailed explanation of the concerns.

New copyright regulations for college campuses

According to the District Dispatch:

“Starting July 1, new copyright regulations will apply to colleges that participate in federal student aid programs. The regulations implement provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) relating to copyright infringement on campus networks.”

For more information, including a summary of requirements, some guidance for colleges, as well as some of ALA’s concerns, please see the District Dispatch posting.


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