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LCA: On Copyright Reform

Magazine article Information Today

LCA: On Copyright Reform

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For librarians and info pros i n-t he-know, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) is not only the go-to resource to keep up with the news on digital content, copyright, and intellectual property issues, but it also provides a voice for librarians and libraries worldwide.

The LCA tracks the big picture for librarians in the latest copyright issues that are making headlines. In mid-September, the LCA released a statement about The Authors Guild's decision to sue HathiTrust et al., saying that the association was "deeply disappointed" by the action and defended the fact that HathiTrust's digital resources will "ensure secure, long-term preservation of nearly 10 million volumes held in member library collections." The statement noted that most of these works were not available commercially, and they run the risk of disappearing altogether "if not for library stewardship."

And as for issues percolating within the ongoing Google Books settlement, the LCA has been proactive in commenting on possible legislative initiatives to assist libraries in dealing with copyright issues, including the mass digitization of books, orphan works, and updating U. …

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