Tag Archives: Library Copyright Alliance

Libraries laud appeals court affirmation that mass book digitization by Google is ‘fair use’

(16  October 2015)  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today ruled in Authors Guild v. Google that Google’s mass digital indexing of books for use in creating a searchable online library constituted a legal “fair use” of copyrighted material rather than an infringement. Statements by members of the Library Copyright Alliance may […]


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Scope of fair use: Library Copyright Alliance submits statement for House judiciary hearing

(29 January 2014) Yesterday, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held another hearing on copyright review. This hearing focused on the scope of fair use and included five witnesses: Peter Jaszi (professor, American University), June Besek (professor, Columbia University), Naomi Novik (author and co-founder, Organization for Transformative […]


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Libraries applaud dismissal of Google Book Search Case

(Washington, D.C., 14 November 2013)  After eight years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York today upheld the fair use doctrine when the court dismissed Authors Guild v. Google, a case that questioned the legality of Google’s searchable book database. The Library Copyright Alliance – which is comprised of […]


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Library Copyright Alliance applauds introduction of Unlocking Technology Act

(13 May 2013) The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) has welcomed the introduction in the US House of Representatives on 9 May 2013, of H.R. 1892, the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013, by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Jared Polis (D-CO). The bill guarantees that legitimate uses of digital works […]


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Library Copyright Alliance statement on Supreme Court decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley

(19 March 2013) Today the US Supreme Court announced its much-anticipated decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, a lawsuit regarding the bedrock principle of the “first sale doctrine.” The 6-3 opinion is a total victory for libraries and our users. It vindicates the foundational principle of the first sale doctrine—if you bought it, you own it. […]


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LCA submits reply comments to US Copyright Office regarding orphan works NOI

(5 March 2013)  The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) today filed reply comments (PDF) with the US Copyright Office in response to the office’s October 22, 2012, Notice of Inquiry (NOI) about the current state of play with orphan works and mass digitization. LCA reviewed the comments filed to date and concluded that “the significant diversity […]


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