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Interesting Copyright Battle Brewing Over UFO Documents

Posted By Anthony Helm, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Motherboard reports on an interesting copyright conflict developing between UFO enthusiast John Greenwald and, of all sites,, over the re-use of digitized versions of copyright-free content.

This should be an interesting one to follow, especially if the question is, "Does simple digitization alone transform an object somehow from public domain to protected"? Or, the other angle is exploring, "Does re-use of a digitized public domain object count as theft"?

Tags:  copyright  dmca  public domain 

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Summaries of 11th Circuit Court of Appeals' Ruling on Georgia State Case

Posted By Andrew Horbal, Saturday, November 15, 2014

Last month the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling on Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton, aka the "Georgia State case," which deals with electronic reserves in academic libraries. The full text of the decision can be found online here, but at 129 pages it doesn't make for quick or easy reading! Luckily a number of bloggers have weighed in with summaries of the decision. Here are three that do a particularly good job of summarizing it from the library perspective:

1. "11th Circuit Rules on Georgia State Fair Use Case" by Nancy Sims at the blog Copyright Librarian 

2. "GSU appeal ruling--the more I read, the better it seems" by Kevin Smith at the Scholarly Communications @ Duke blog

3. "Swimming in muddy waters," also by Kevin Smith at the Scholarly Communications @ Duke blog


Tags:  copyright  electronic reserves  fair use  libraries 

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Workshop on Writing Effective Copyright Policies at Annual Conference

Posted By Anthony Helm, Friday, November 14, 2014

The CCUMC offered a four-hour workshop as a pre-conference event at the 2014 CCUMC Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. The event, "CopyWrites: Crafting Successful AV Copyright Policies for Your Institution," focused on supporting the participants’ ability to write internal policies and procedures for activities that require a high degree of copyright consideration. The workshop was lead by Anthony Helm, of Dartmouth College, Jane Hutchison, of William Paterson University, Lindley Shedd, of The University of Alabama, and Kim Stanton, of The University of North Texas. After covering some familiar background on U.S. Copyright Law and a review of some key areas to consider for core institutional policies, the the workshop played out as an active conversation between presenters and participants and focused on issues around developing copyright policies to address the preservation of at‐risk AV materials, streaming commercial content, and faculty scholarship.

Feedback from participants was very positive, so the presenters are looking into building on the workshop and conversation. Watch this site for future updates!

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CCUMC Copyright Initiatives

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 5, 2013

2002 Judicial & Legislative Contributions 

Eldred v. Ashcroft (Copyright Term Extension Act [CTEA, 1998])

Legislative Call for Comments (DMCA & CBDTPA)


US. Copyright Office Hearings (DMCA)

Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia - Sunset 12/2012

Background Materials

Copyright Task Force, 1992-94
Copyright Task Force, 1985-87
The Consumer Access to Information Act - Dueling House Bills or Lessons in Legislating Database Protection: What are the important principles at stake?

Tags:  copyright  eldred vs ashcroft  fair use  guidelines  information act  legislative 

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Discussion Lists

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 5, 2013


Open to CCUMC members only, to subscribe contact the CCUMC Executive Office at


This list is being organized to give those who ask, answer, and discuss copyright questions of any type a forum for discussion. Discussion will not be limited to any one area such as copyright for electronic materials. Subscribe by e-mail to: LISTPROC@CNI.ORG In body of message say: subscribe e.g., SUBSCRIBE CNI-COPYRIGHT John Doe.


A discussion group that provides a forum for the analysis of topics such as copyright law and policy, technologies, and federal information law and policies that impact higher education, particularly digital distance education. … This listserv aims to be a space for educators, policy makers, librarians, lawyers and all who have a vested interest in digital copyright and other intellectual property matters of importance to the higher education community. Subscribe at:


To subscribe, go to and click on "Join or leave the list (or change settings).


To subscribe, send email to Subject: In body of message type: subscribe videolib 

Tags:  copyright  intellectual property  librarians  library  listserv  public policy 

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Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 5, 2013

This Webliography is maintained by the CCUMC Government Regulations and Public Policy Committee. It contains important issues for today that will impact our service operations and organizations. All commentary and discussion in this list include fact and opinion. They constitute neither authoritative legal advice nor any formal position of CCUMC as an organization.

U.S. Copyright Office NewsNet

A free electronic mailing list that provides timely information on copyright-related issues. Subscribe by email to:  In the body of the message say: Subscribe USCopyright

BNA Intellectual Property Professional Information Center Email News

A weekly digest of the stories on the Professional Information Center with links back to the full text. Subscribe at:

Legal Information Institute U.S. Code Collection

Searchable copy of the copyright law in its entirety. This is a service of the Legal Information Institute of Cornell Law School.

EPIC Alert

The EPIC Alert is transmitted over the EPIC News mailing list. The list is a service of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and is for official EPIC announcements and publications. No more than 1-2 messages are transmitted per week. Contains some copyright-related material. Subscribe at:

The Filter

Published by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, The Filter newsletter gives you a unique take on today's most pressing public interest–oriented Internet issues through the eyes of leading experts, scholars, and researchers. Subscribe at:

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse

A joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and University of Maine law school clinic.

Do you know your online rights? Have you received a letter asking you to remove information from a Web site or to stop engaging in an activity? Are you concerned about liability for information that someone else posted to your online forum? If so, this site is for you. …The website offers background material and explanations of the law for people whose websites deal with topics such as Fan Fiction, Copyright, Domain Names and Trademarks, Anonymous Speech, and Defamation.


PatentCafe’s Intellectual Property Magazine

Focuses on the patent area of intellectual property. The magazine can be read at: Subscribe to IPFrontline Newsletter at:

Tags:  copyright  government regulations  public policy  webliography 

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Video At Risk: Strategies for Preserving Commercial Video Collections in Libraries

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 5, 2013

A new report has been released containing suggested guidelines for applying 108(c) to audiovisual works. These guidelines are intended to provide practical and specific answers to librarians and media collections managers when it comes to their ability to make copies of material held in their collections under US Copyright Law.

This Mellon Foundation-funded project was undertaken by NYU, UC-Berkeley, and Loyola-New Orleans. For more information and to view the report.

Tags:  collections  copyright  guidelines  librarians  media collections 

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CCUMC Adopts Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 5, 2013
In December 2012, the CCUMC Board of Directors accepted the recommendation of the Government Regulations & Public Policy (GR&PP) to adopt the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use For Academic and Research Libraries and to retire the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia.  Read the full announcement here.

Tags:  best practices  copyright  fair use  government regulations  librarians  libraries  public policy 

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CCUMC Members attend "Copyright Exceptions for Libraries in the Digital Age: Section 108 Reform"

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 5, 2013
Jane Hutchison and deg farrelly attended the symposium "Copyright Exceptions for Libraries in the Digital Age: Section 108 Reform" on Friday, February 8th at Columbia Law School presented in cooperation with the US Copyright Office. Read their brief synopsis of the symposium

Tags:  copyright  librarian  libraries  symposium 

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Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 5, 2013

On March 19, 2013, the Supreme Court held that the doctrine of first sale, which allows for legally acquired copyrighted works to be resold by their owners, does apply to works made overseas.

Additional Resources:

Copyright Supreme Court Upholds First Sale In Landmark Kirtsaeng Ruling (March 19, 2013)

Supreme Court Ruling, KIRTSAENG, DBA BLUECHRISTINE99 v. JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC. (March 19, 2013)

"Could the Supreme Court outlaw your library’s right to lend?" (March 18, 2013)

Tags:  Copyright  first sale  librarian  librarians  ruling  supreme court 

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