POST: Of Fences and Defenses

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Kevin Smith (Duke University) has written a post exploring what it means to recognize fair use as a “postitive right” as opposed to an “affirmative defense.” Inspired by the language used in one of the amicus briefs filed in the Authors Guild, Inc. v. Hathi Trust case, Smith concludes: If we understand fair use as ...

POSTS: Museums, Digital Preservation Policies, and Copyright

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Two recent posts address two important issues in museums: digital preservation policies and copyright. In a piece in The Signal, “Towards a Digital Preservation Policy For Museums,” Madeline Sheldon discusses her research into digital preservation policies, noting that, while libraries and archives tend to maintain published policies, she has only found one museum thus far that does ...

EVENT: Copyright Camp, University of Michigan

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The University of Michigan Library will be hosting a Copyright Camp 2013, on the afternoon of June 20, with a theme of Copyright and Data. Registration is free. From the announcement: We’ll kick off with a keynote from Michael Carroll, Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at ...

RESOURCE: Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy

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The National Academies Press has released a new report outlining the need for increased empirical research on U.S. copyright law. Sponsored in part* by Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) and noted copyright expert Pamela Samuelson, Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy: describes a wide range of questions that are ripe for analysis:  ...

RESOURCE: Copyright Catalogs in the Internet Archive

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The U.S. Copyright Office has added to the Interent Archive seven volumes of Catalogs of Copyright Entries (CCE), which were published by the Copyright Office from July 1891 through December 1977. The CCE volumes contain data on copyright registration, and are a useful tool for tracking down copyright owners. Although the current collection is simply ...