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Swiss foundation seeks to extend copyright on Diary of Anne Frank

New York Times: “When Otto Frank first published his daughter’s red-checked diary and notebooks, he wrote a prologue assuring readers that the book mostly contained her words, written while hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex of a factory in Amsterdam. But now the Swiss foundation that holds the copyright to “The Diary of Anne Frank” is alerting publishers that her father is not only the editor but also legally the co-author of the celebrated book. The move has a practical effect: It extends the copyright from Jan. 1, when it is set to expire in most of Europe, to the end of 2050. Copyrights in Europe generally end 70 years after an author’s death. Anne Frank died 70 years ago at Bergen-Belsen, a concentration camp, and Otto Frank died in 1980. Extending the copyright would block others from being able to publish the book without paying royalties or receiving permission…”

Harvard Law School Library Embarks on Expansive Digitization Project

Erik Eckholm, NYT: “Shelves of law books are an august symbol of legal practice, and no place, save the Library of Congress, can match the collection at Harvard’s Law School Library. Its trove includes nearly every state, federal, territorial and tribal judicial decision since colonial times — a priceless potential resource for everyone from legalContinue Reading

Library of Congress 2015 DMCA 1201 Rules

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS U.S. Copyright Office 37 CFR Part 201 [Docket No. 2014-07] Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies. AGENCY: U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress. ACTION: Final rule. “In this final rule, the Librarian of Congress adopts exemptions to the provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright ActContinue Reading

Harvard Library Copyright Advisor and State Copyright Resource Center

“The Harvard Library Copyright Advisor program was established in 2014 to create a culture of shared understanding of copyright among Harvard faculty, students, and staff in support of pedagogy, research, and innovation. This site, which will serve as a clearinghouse of resources created by the Copyright Advisor, Copyright First Responders, and Copyright Fellows, is intendedContinue Reading

Senate votes quickly to limit term of new Librarian of Congress

Bloomberg BNA: “A Senate-passed bill to limit the Librarian of Congress to a 10-year term could stall in the House amid Republican turmoil over finding a successor to Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), according to observers who spoke to Bloomberg BNA. The position has achieved a higher profile in the digital age, as copyright issuesContinue Reading

2nd Circuit Rules for Google in Authors Guild Book Scanning Case

13-4829-cv Authors Guild v. Google, Inc. UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT (Argued: December 3, 2014 Decided: October 16, 2015) “Plaintiff-appellants, who are authors of published books under copyright, appeal from the judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Chin, J.) in favor of DefendantContinue Reading

Hudson Institute White Paper – remove Copyright Office from Library of Congress

A 21st Century Copyright Office: The Conservative Case for Reform – Steven Tepp & Ralph Oman, October 2015. “Executive Summary – This white paper examines the history and constitutional status of the copyright functions of the federal government. It concludes that the U.S. Copyright Office will function better, be more respectful of our constitutional structure,Continue Reading

Fair Use Under Copyright Law: Fair Use Books, Websites and Database Search Results

Via Reference Librarian David Dillard, Temple University: “I have a new Fair Use under Copyright Law Research guide that provides books with links to related content, websites, database search results for this topic as well as database search results for guides in fair use and a list of databases with fair use content and theContinue Reading

Smithsonian Institution’s Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research

“PURPOSE: This document outlines the Smithsonian Institution’s plan to provide increased public access to certain peer-reviewed scholarly publications and supporting digital research data that arise from research funded, in whole or in part, by a federal funding source (hereinafter “Federally Funded Research Materials” or “FFRM”), consistent with the principles of access under the Office ofContinue Reading

Where has the competitive intelligence gone? No worries – Call your Librarian!

Another day, another reason why librarians are mission critical – we are the multifaceted subject matter experts with multiple expertise – this would not have slipped by colleagues in the law library/news/business sectors if Google had asked (add other expert colleagues as you will – this is not about exclusion – but a request forContinue Reading

ViewPoint – Great New Possibilities for the Library of Congress

Colleagues – we have worked for many years, often many decades, as members of a profession to which we have a deep and abiding commitment and through which we have, under often the most challenging of circumstances, helped to usher in the future without forsaking the past. So this snippet (the rest is behind aContinue Reading

The Next Great Copyright Office

Simmons, Joshua L., The Next Great Copyright Office (July 22, 2015). Landslide, July/August 2015, at 22. Available for download at SSRN: “While Congress considers whether to update U.S. copyright law through the House of Representatives’ copyright review hearings, there appears to be a growing consensus that it is time to modernize the Copyright Office.Continue Reading