|James G. Neal
Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian
Copyright continues to be a core interest of the higher education and academic library communities. This briefing will focus on eight critical legislative and legal arenas where the U.S. will be working on copyright: orphan works, digital fair use, broadcast flag, section 1201 anti-circumvention rulemaking, electronic reserves, peer-to-peer file sharing, open access to government funded research, and the report of the section 108 study group on exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives. The work of the 108 study group will be highlighted, including its primary findings and recommendations. In addition, two important recent studies will be described and their importance for libraries will be cited:
Promoting Innovation and Economic Growth: The Special Problem of Digital Intellectual Property (Committee for Economic Development, 2004)
Fair Use in the U.S. Economy: Economic Contribution of Industries Relying on Fair Use (Computer and Communications Industry Association, 2007)
The advocacy and educational roles and responsibilities of librarians on copyright also will be outlined.