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By Lila Bailey, Policy Counsel, Internet Archive
Pre-1972 sound recordings are protected by state, rather than federal, law, which varies by the state. This presents a unique challenge to libraries and archives interested in digitally preserving music.
By Alisa Holahan, Google Policy Fellow, American Library Association
Little would be gained by moving the Office, and a great deal would be lost, threatening the special role copyright plays in promoting the creation and dissemination of knowledge for all.
By Kevin Madigan, Legal Fellow, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
The bill reflects the need for greater stakeholder and congressional input in the selection of the Register and represents the first step in an unquestionably necessary Copyright Office modernization effort.
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Gretchen McCord, J.D., M.S.I.S., Editor
The question of who will control the Copyright Office is currently before Congress. How that question is answered will have a lasting affect on copyright law for generations to come.
Question: My company wants to post pictures of company events on the company intranet, the external company website, and social media. Our employee agreements do not say anything about the use of photos of employees for such purposes. The company is hoping to avoid making everyone sign releases…
Question: In honor of the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, my institution is considering a contest that would encourage people to rewrite well-known songs, poems, etc. in the style of Shakespeare, such as the Hokey Pokey rewritten in Shakespearian style that recently went around on Facebook. Would this constitute fair use? Any prize that we would give would be nominal.
Question: My university has been dealing with the reuse of images from websites that specifically disallow reuse of their images on university-run blogs. It has been difficult to communicate to our faculty and students why fair use might not even come into play. If a license disallows any type of use, does that supercede privileges normally granted under fair use? Does contract law trump copyright law, and is there any gray area on this topic?
Question: Can my library use the initials “NFL” for a program name? We are thinking:
N – nurturing
F – family
L – learning
or something along those lines.
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