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Libraries are leaders in trying to maintain a balance of power between copyright holders and users, in keeping with the fundamental principles outlined in the Constitution and carefully crafted over the past years. In this role, we closely follow both federal and state legislation and make our voices heard when our issues are moving.
Libraries are perceived as a voice for the public good and our participation is often sought in "friend of the court" briefs in important intellectual property cases. Our involvement extends to the international copyright arena where we also follow the treaties to which the U. Copyright issues are among the most hotly contested issues in the legal and legislative world; billions of dollars are at stake. Legal principles and technological capabilities are constantly challenging each other and every outcome can directly affect the future of libraries.
Everyday copyright law affects the way libraries provide information to their users. The first sale doctrine enables libraries to lend books and other resources.
Fair use allows for the use of copyrighted works for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, or research. Libraries are permitted to make reproductions of copyrighted works for preservation and replacement purposes. And under copyright law, libraries can aid in the transformation and reproduction of copyrighted works for users with disabilities. As libraries advocate for user rights and access to information, it's crucial to continue to address the emerging challenges posed at the intersection of technology, society, and law.
Copyright for Libraries: General Information A resource to help librarians understand copyright issues. Code:Title 17 - Copyrights The U. Copyright Act, 17 U. Changing technology has led to an ever expanding understanding of the word "writings. As of January 1,all works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression and within the subject matter of copyright were deemed to fall within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Copyright Act regardless of whether the work was created before or after that date and whether published or unpublished.
Copyright Information Center at Cornell University This site offers information on copyright policy, copyright clearance services, and copyright training and tutorials for the Cornell community. It is designed to raise our awareness of the overarching issues, and to answer some of the questions that faculty, staff, and students frequently articulate.
If you have questions about using copyrighted materials, whether in e-reserves, on course management sites, on other sites, or in face-to-face classroom settings, we hope you'll find the answers you're looking for here.
If you don't find the answers you need, contact us! Library Copyright Alliance The purpose of the LCA is to develop a unified voice and common strategy for the library community in responding to issues regarding national and international copyright law and policy in the digital environment.
Its emphasis is on copyright issues especially relevant to the education and library community, including examples of fair use and policies. Useful copyright charts and tools are continually added to help users evaluate copyright status and best practices. Copyright Office - a department of the Library of Congress The Copyright Office is responsible for administering a complex and dynamic set of laws, which include registration, the recordation of title and licenses, a number of statutory licensing provisions, and other aspects of the Copyright Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
By statute, the Register of Copyrights is the principal advisor to Congress on national and international copyright matters, testifying upon request and providing ongoing leadership and impartial expertise on copyright law and policy.
Each topic is described briefly, the main policy aspects for libraries are outlined, and there are links to library policy statements for further reading. ALA Library. Email Me. Huron St. Chicago IL Social: Pinterest Page.This guide is aimed at the wide range of staff working in libraries and information services.
Some of these staff might be called librarians and have a recognised professional qualification however the copyright exceptions apply equally to all staff working in libraries including library or information assistants.
We therefore use the term librarians broadly to cover all types of staff that work in the sector and who provide information related guidance and support to others. Many librarians act as mediators, guides or even, in some cases formal teachers.
They help people to recognise their information needs, identify and access relevant sources and make judgments about the value of that information. To facilitate this, libraries have traditionally collected and organised information, in a wide variety of formats, from books and journals to audio-visual materials and special collections which are more akin to archival materials.
Increasingly library collections are available in digital format which means that copyright law, licensing terms and digital rights management technologies can have a big impact on how and whether information is used. Of central importance to collecting, organising and providing access to information are questions about what people are permitted to do with that material.
Whether you work in a public or academic library, a specialist information service within central or local government, or a school library, copyright is something librarians have to deal with at some point in their career. Many users of library services academic staff, students, members of the public, your colleagues will not just want to access information: when they find something they want to use, and this often means they want to take it away with them. This guide discusses the special privileges that librarians have in providing access to information whether through loaning material, or offering copying services.
It also discusses the responsibility that comes with these privileges to offer advice and support about what the law does or does not permit. Copyright is one of a number of legal issues such as Data Protection and Freedom of Information that librarians, information professionals and staff who work in library and information services might grapple with at a practical level.
However, understanding copyright is crucial, given the exceptions that apply to librarians in UK law. This governs how librarians can supply material to their users, but also to other libraries, or to replace material in their own collections.
All these uses are covered in this guide and while it attempts to be relevant to all types of libraries, particular attention is paid to public, academic and research libraries. This is because a number of copyright exceptions do not apply or only partially relate to for-profit libraries.
This is explained further in the sections below. Libraries hold a wide variety of copyright works in their collections, including published and unpublished works, images, sound recordings and digital media. These will include items produced for both commercial and non-commercial reasons. The nature of the physical collection will vary enormously dependent on the nature of the library or organisation. In some organisations the physical library has shrunk to almost nothing, and exists as a virtual collection of subscriptions to digital content such as online journals, specialist databases, ebooks and other electronic resources.
As the majority of these items are protected by copyright a knowledge of copyright law is clearly important. However, it is also important to understand the licence agreements contracts that govern the use of these digital resources. A wide variety of different types of staff work in libraries, and in practice what they need to know about copyright varies according to their role.
In small organisations, many library functions may be performed by just one individual and so their need to understand how copyright impacts across the library service is particularly important. In this section we briefly explain the motivations for understanding copyright issues for the different categories of library staff:. Library Managers need a broad understanding of UK Copyright Law and the key exceptions to the law, to appreciate the impact copyright has on the various services provided by different staff within the library.
This is particularly important in light of the things their staff do, the content they work with and the levels of legal risk this might present.
Customer Services staff are often in the front line, working on enquiry points, service desks or providing roaming support in the library. They need to understand the implications of copyright on self-service provision, copying for users and interlibrary copying sometimes referred to as interlibrary loan or ILL.
However, they also may need to signpost library users to more specialist help, where queries go beyond their knowledge.You can also receive email updates by subscribing to our NewsNet service and find answers to frequently asked questions.
For a complete list of expanded electronic filing options during the pandemic, including submitting documents to the Office by email, please see this chart. Therefore, the Acting Register is exercising her authority under section to adjust the applicable timing provisions in specific cases where compliance would have been possible but for the national emergency.
On March 31,the Copyright Office announced adjustments to timing provisions related to certain registration claims and notices of termination for persons affected by COVID On April 6,the Copyright Office announced an adjustment to timing provisions related to the paper-based provision of section notices of intention and statements of account by entities impacted by COVID To allow for review of the evolving responses to the COVID emergency, the Copyright Office has implemented these emergency modifications in sixty-day increments.
At the end of each sixty-day period following the date of the Presidential declaration, the Acting Register will determine whether the disruptions to the copyright system caused by the ongoing national emergency remain in effect and whether the modifications should continue in force.
On May 1,the Acting Register determined that the disruptions to the copyright system caused by the ongoing national emergency remained in effect and that the modifications therefore should be extended for up to an additional sixty days. Accordingly, the timing adjustments described below were extended through July 10, On July 10,the Acting Register determined that the disruptions to the copyright system are continuing and that the modifications should be extended for up to an additional sixty days, through September 8, Pursuant to section cthe Office also notified Congress on July 10 that these provisions have been modified for a cumulative total of longer than days.
Most recently, on September 2,the Acting Register determined that, in light of the continuing disruptions to the copyright system, the timing adjustments described below should be extended through November 9, The Office is continuing to monitor the effect of the national emergency on these and other components of the copyright system, including with respect to the modifications below, and will consider further adjustments as circumstances warrant.
The effective date of registration is the date when the Copyright Office receives the application, deposit, and fee. In response to the national emergency, federal, state, and local governments have issued guidelines recommending against discretionary travel, and a number of states and localities have ordered the closure of nonessential businesses. As a result, the Copyright Office has become aware that some copyright owners of published works may be prevented from completing and submitting copyright applications in a timely manner due to lack of access to physical documents, including deposit copies of copyrighted works, or the inability to deliver materials to a mail carrier.
To mitigate the effect of this disruption, the Acting Register is temporarily adjusting the application of the timing provisions of section to affected persons. These adjustments will follow a tiered approach:. Where the Acting Register finds satisfactory evidence that the applicant was affected by the national emergency, the Copyright Office will annotate the registration record to reflect that determination.
Under sections and c of the Copyright Act, individual authors may reclaim copyright interests previously transferred to another party in specified circumstances. In general, an author may terminate a transfer within a five-year window, provided the author serves notice on the transferee between two and ten years before the chosen termination date.
After service, the notice must be recorded with the Copyright Office. These limitations could have legal consequences for some authors given the statutory requirement that a notice of termination be served at least two years before the date of termination.
While in many instances an author may be able to choose a termination date that falls more than two years after the disruption has ended, or may have already anticipated and served a notice of termination, for some grants, the end of the five-year termination window may fall in the spring ofnecessitating service of notice by the spring of While many authors will be able to proceed in the normal course, in some instances, authors may be unable to access the underlying agreement or otherwise comply with the requirements due to the national emergency.
Other authors may be limited in their ability to record notices with the Copyright Office in a timely manner. The Copyright Act requires that a termination notice be recorded with the Office before the date of termination. An author who has already served a termination notice with a date of termination falling during the period of national emergency may be unable to submit the notice to the Office.
While the Office is establishing an option to allow notices to be submitted electronically, some authors may lack access to a computer or the internet.GitHub is home to over 50 million developers working together to host and review code, manage projects, and build software together.
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Even as the country comes out of the Covid lockdown, access limitations are likely to remain for some time. For example, it is likely that library and archive spaces will have capacity for far fewer users when onsite services resume. This reality makes it exceptionally challenging, at times impossible, for library and archive services to provide adequate access to in-copyright materials in the current climate. Even access to electronic works, such as ebooks, is often inhibited, for example in cases where licensing terms only permit access on library premises or when ebooks are not even available for libraries to license.
Together with several other organisations, LACA highlighted these access concerns to Government at the start of the lockdown in March.
Copyright for Libraries: General Information
There are ways in which in-copyright works can be made remotely accessible, for example to support teaching and learning.
There are further exceptions that improve access to in-copyright works on-site at libraries, archives, and educational establishments. However, these are of little assistance while premises are closed or under strict access controls. Many materials used in presentations by teachers, including those which are streamed remotely to studentsare likely to fall within this provision.
This understanding can be useful for educators who find themselves unable to make use of the separate exception that, in times of onsite teaching, allows the showing of in-copyright works at educational premises. Many exceptions intentionally provide scope for interpretation, based largely on the context of the intended reproduction and use of the material. For example:. Libraries, archives, and educational and research establishments need to consider risks that may arise through their activities with in-copyright works, particularly as institutions work to increase remote and flexible access to collections while premises are closed or restricted.
For example, a higher education library may need to provide guidance on making films or other works available to students who are now attending classes remotely. Exceptions to copyright are defences for the use of in-copyright material without the permission of the copyright owner swhich means their application necessarily involves interpretation, which must be specific to the particular situation, and possibly a degree of risk-taking as a result. Front line staff should be provided with the resources and guidelines to offer structured and robust support to users without being placed in the potentially damaging position of being forced to weigh risks on their own.
There is a need for a radical rethink of the relationship between copyright, education and research, and access to works held in library, archive, and education collections. Greater consideration needs to be given, perhaps now so more than ever before, to the optimum balance of interest between creators, rights owners, and users, and the benefits to society of a well educated, entrepreneurial and innovative population with equal access to education and resources, even when library, archive and education premises are closed.
This will not be the last pandemic, nor the last time that access to collections, premises, or services will be limited or suspended. Seeking and reviewing copyright guidance from a range of sources can help to inform institutional nous around rights and access to works.
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In particular, Copyright Literacy are running weekly webinars on copyright and online learning during the Covid pandemic.
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