Library group statement proposes key features to be included in copyright reform
The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) has released a statement describing the key features that it believes copyright reform proposals should include to give signifi cant improvements over current law for libraries and their users.
The statement, which follows the recent rejection in the US courts of the Google Books Settlement, comments on
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the copyright issues affecting libraries, including the mass digitisation of books, the use of orphan works, and the issue of preservation.
The LCA believes that currently libraries can be deterred from digitisation initiatives because of fears of incurring damages. To address this concern, the statement says, a proposal to
reform copyright should ensure that the non-commercial use would not be subject to statutory damages. It also should not be subject to actual damages if the use ceases when the library or archives receives an objection from the copyright owner of the work. In addition, the proposal argues, such use would be subject to injunctive relief only to the extent that the
use continues after the library or archives receives an objection from the copyright owner of the work. LCA also argues that this limitation on remedies should apply to the employees of the library or archives, as well as to a consortium that includes the library or archives – and that copyright owner objections would have no effect on a library’s rights under fair use.
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