Fair Use a Good Argument Even in an Age of Mass Digitization

Fair Use a Good Argument Even in an Age of Mass Digitization - Library Journal

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“In the good old days, librarians were not quite so preoccupied with intellectual property laws, particularly when it came to unpublished research materials in special collections, which never left the library.

But the large-scale digitization of special collections (and books) creates complex and ambiguous copyright concerns many librarians are ill-equipped to deal with, and there is a corrosive fear that a previously unidentifiable copyright owner will one day emerge, reassert rights to their now widely disseminated “orphan work,” and sue for infringement.” (Michael Kelley, Library Journal)

Antipiracy Case Sends Shivers Through Some Legitimate Storage Sites

Antipiracy Case Sends Shivers Through Some Legitimate Storage Sites - New York Times“The Megaupload indictment reminds companies that how they manage copyrighted material on their sites could determine whether they continue to operate freely or face legal consequences. At the same time, it offers a look at just how widespread such piracy is and how tricky it can be to cut down on it, given the many ways people can send files to each other online.” (Nicole Perlroth & Quentin Hardy, NYTimes.com)