Friday, March 17, 2017
Posted by: CCUMC Executive Office
In my last post I noted that the U.S. Copyright Office recently launched an updated website. They followed this up with the creation of a new blog, which they are calling Copyright: Creativity at Work. Clunky name aside, I think that this is a terrific idea! I’m also intrigued by their choice of subject for their first post, a wide-angle portrait of the 400 people that work for the Copyright Office, who have together “logged nearly 7,000 years of public service” there. I think that there is a tendency among copyright nerds to either treat the Copyright Office as a faceless entity or to subsume the entire Office in the person of the Register of Copyrights. This post reminds us that almost everything the Copyright Office does requires the efforts lot of different people from a wide range of backgrounds, and I hope that this blog will continue to demystify the work that they do. I have no idea whether or not these initiatives were planned under former Register Maria Pallante, or if they are the brainchild of Acting Register Karyn Temple Claggett, but either way I’m happy to see emphasis being placed on transparency and usability!
In other copyright news, I was very pleased to see a large number of copyright-themed sessions on the schedule for this year’s Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) conference, which will take place next week in my hometown of Baltimore, Maryland! Unfortunately, I can’t attend all of them, but I’m definitely going to try to make it to “Accessibility, Copyright, and the Law: Cases, Laws, and Treaties for U.S. and Canada” and “You make the call! If you could change one aspect of the copyright law, what would be?” on Friday. Drop me a line if you’ll be in town and you want to meet up at one or both!
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