I received an email May 15, 2013 for a Take Action request from Janis Stubbs, PaLA First Vice President and Legislative Committee Co-Chair. I have attached her letter here. PaLA . For those of us in Pennsylvania I thought this would be of interest. There is a link at the bottom of the letter for the Take Action form.
Julia Lewis, GRC Chair
Donna Timm, Chair, MLA Governmental Relations Committee, sent letters of support for H.R. 708 and S. 350, the Fair Access To Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) to the Senate and House on March 22, 2013. You can read them here:FASTR support letters
A letter of support from the Medical Library Assoc. and the Assoc. of Academic Health Sciences Libraries for NLM’s FY 2014 appropriation was sent to the Labor-HHS Education & Related Agencies. A few important areas were:
- NLM leverages NIH investments in biomedical research
- Growing demand for NLM’s basic services
- Encourage NLM partnerships
- Emergency preparedness and response
- Health information technology and bioinformatics
See the complete letter at: NLM_FY14_support
Mary Langman, MLA Gov’t. Relations Coordinator, shared this exciting update with the chapter.
“In its opinion in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a decision released today, the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that the first sale doctrine is not subject to any geographical limitations (Justice Ginsburg dissents). The Court’s decision means that purchasers of works produced outside of the U.S., if the works are lawfully subject to U.S. Copyright protections, are entitled to invoke the first sale doctrine to justify their subsequent sale, lease or loan of those works. This is an important victory not just for consumers like Kirtsaeng, but for libraries and library users. The amicus brief filed by ALA was cited throughout the Court’s analysis. Great work and thanks to all who worked toward this outcome!”
Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki, Executive Director
New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO)
Albany Law School
The LCA reviewed comments filed by the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, & the Association of College & Research Libraries regarding the US copyright Office notice of Oct. 22, 2012 about the current state of play with orphan works and mass digitization. The LCA “recommends that the Copyright Office pursue non-legislative solutions such as continuing to make the Copyright Office records more accessible. Moreover, the Office should seek to bolster fair use in both judicial and international fora.” A link to the whole article is below.
Library Copyright Alliance Submits Reply Comments to Copyright Office on Orphan Works. March 8, 2013. District Dispatch.