S978: The “10 Strikes” Bill

New legislation makes 10 “electronic” public performances of copyrighted material a felony – punishable by up to five years in prison.  Not only does this create a climate of fear – with the threat of copyright infringement stifling free speech, it shifts the burden of prosecution (and its attendant costs) to the taxpayer.  This also begs the question, should fair use be strictly defined (as recent legislation is pushing) or should fair use remain open to interpretation and flexible?  Read more on Kevin Smith’s blog:


Copyright, orphan works, and digital library collections.

Another example of how thick copyright protection causes a chilling effect that restricts creativity, scholarship, and the flow of information.  Orphan works are works which are under copyright protection, but their are not known.  The University of California  has a potential wealth of what they believe to be orphan works that it hesitates to digitize because of possible infringement suits…

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HarperCollins E-Book Petition

As you may know, HarperCollins is trying to change the rules of e-book licensing.  Libraries depend on the first sale doctrine of copyright law which says that once a book is purchased it can be lent to others.  The new licensing rules that HarperCollins is proposing will limit an e-book’s use to 26 check-outs (approximately a year of back to back check-outs) after which the e-book will expire.  Please sign this petition to show your opposition to e-book policies such as this: