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Discussion Issa-Maloney statement on the Research Works Act

by Will Hires (non-member) on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 01:31 pm

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WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA), Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and lead sponsor of H.R. 3699 (“The Research Works Act”), and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the committee and co-sponsor of the measure, submitted the following statement today to the Congressional Record regarding the bill:

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WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA), Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and lead sponsor of H.R. 3699 (“The Research Works Act”), and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the committee and co-sponsor of the measure, submitted the following statement today to the Congressional Record regarding the bill:

"The introduction of HR 3699 has spurred a robust, expansive debate on the topics of scientific and scholarly publishing, intellectual property protection, and public access to federally funded research. Since its introduction, we have heard from numerous stakeholders and interested parties on both sides of this important issue.

"As the costs of publishing continue to be driven down by new technology, we will continue to see a growth in open access publishers. This new and innovative model appears to be the wave of the future. The transition must be collaborative, and must respect copyright law and the principles of open access. The American people deserve to have access to research for which they have paid. This conversation needs to continue and we have come to the conclusion that the Research Works Act has exhausted the useful role it can play in the debate. As such, we want Americans concerned about access to research and other participants in this debate to know we will not be taking legislative action on HR 3699, the Research Works Act. We do intend to remain involved in efforts to examine and study the protection of intellectual property rights and open access to publicly funded research."

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Discussion Link to "Commentary, reporting on the GSU copyright lawsuit, trial"

by Corey Williams (staff) on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 04:29 pm

At our meeting during the annual conference, members requested the link to Paul Courant's piece on the GSU lawsuit.  On the GSU library blog is a posting that links to Courant's piece, as well as others, is available here: http://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2011/06/17/commentary-reporting-on-the-gsu-copyright-lawsuit-trial/ ...and additional commentary follows days later on their blog and is available here :

At our meeting during the annual conference, members requested the link to Paul Courant's piece on the GSU lawsuit.  On the GSU library blog is a posting that links to Courant's piece, as well as others, is available here: http://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2011/06/17/commentary-reporting-on-the-gsu-copyright-lawsuit-trial/ ...and additional commentary follows days later on their blog and is available here : http://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2011/06/23/more-commentary-reporting-on-the-gsu-copyright-lawsuit-trial/

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Discussion ALA signs on to Golan v. Holder amicus brief to the Supreme Court

by Corey Williams (staff) on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 03:20 pm

Right before Annual Conference, the ALA joined others in signing onto an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court in the case of Golan v. Holder.

Discussion ALA signs on to Vernor v. Autodesk amicus brief to the Supreme Court

by Corey Williams (staff) on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 03:17 pm

Right before Annual Conference, the ALA joined others in signing onto an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court in the case of Vernor v. Autodesk.

Discussion Post-ALA 2011 Annual Conference follow-up

by Corey Williams (staff) on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

Hello,

As follow-up to the COL Copyright Subcommittee's meeting at the ALA 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans, I promised to post several documents, links, etc.  Admin is in the process of updating the subcommittee roster for the 2011-2012 year so it may not accurately reflect the continuing and new members to the subcommittee.  However, to get the information out to everyone I'm going ahead and posting and marking all posts as "public" - thus accessible to all ALA Connect members (not just the current roster of the copyright subcommittee).

Thanks,

Corey

Discussion Maria Pallante Appointed 12th Register of Copyrights

by Corey Williams (staff) on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 02:39 pm

http://1.usa.gov/l0CA4k

June 1, 2011

Maria Pallante Appointed 12th Register of Copyrights

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Maria A. Pallante as the 12th Register of Copyrights and director of the United States Copyright Office, effective today. Pallante served as the Acting Register for the past five months, following the retirement of Marybeth Peters on December 31, 2010.

http://1.usa.gov/l0CA4k

June 1, 2011

Maria Pallante Appointed 12th Register of Copyrights

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Maria A. Pallante as the 12th Register of Copyrights and director of the United States Copyright Office, effective today. Pallante served as the Acting Register for the past five months, following the retirement of Marybeth Peters on December 31, 2010.

In announcing his decision, Billington stressed the increasingly important role of copyright law in the current knowledge economy and the numerous complex issues facing copyright owners as well as users of copyrighted materials. He noted the particular challenges of protecting authors’ intellectual-property interests in the online environment and achieving meaningful exceptions and limitations that serve the public interest in the 21st century.

"Maria’s background and experience make her an ideal choice to lead the Copyright Office at this time," Billington said. "She is a thoughtful civil servant, a proven and effective manager, a leader in the wider copyright community and a recognized expert in domestic and international copyright law."

Pallante was tapped for the post following an extensive consultation and search process that began last year. The Librarian interviewed an impressive pool of candidates from the government, private sector and academia. Dozens of organizations and individuals from a broad spectrum of viewpoints were invited to meet with the Librarian’s Office, to express the personal and professional qualities that they consider important in the position of the Register and the issues likely to require the attention of the Copyright Office in coming years.

In making the appointment, Billington commended the high regard for Pallante among Copyright Office stakeholders from multinational businesses to individual citizens, and her understanding of the role that the Copyright Office plays within the mission of the Library of Congress. Billington noted that "During her tenure as Acting Register, she has managed a workforce of nearly 500 people and handled a series of extraordinary challenges relating to technology, staffing and budgets."

Pallante has had wide-ranging experience in copyright transactions, policy and litigation, in both the government and private sectors. In addition to Acting Register, she has held several key positions within the Copyright Office: Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs (2008-2010), Deputy General Counsel (2007-2008), and Policy Advisor (1996-1997). She spent much of her career in New York, working there from 1999-2007 as intellectual property counsel and director of the licensing group for the worldwide Guggenheim Museums, where she advised on programmatic and business initiatives related to publishing, product development and branding. She has led two national author organizations, working as Executive Director of the National Writers Union (1993-1995) and as Assistant Director of the Authors Guild (1991-1993), and was associate counsel at the Washington-based law firm and literary agency, Lichtman, Trister, Singer and Ross.

Pallante is a 1990 graduate of the George Washington University Law School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Misericordia University, where she was also awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters. She completed a clerkship in administrative law under the Hon. G. Marvin Bober, appellate division, U.S. Department of Labor. During her career, Pallante has been a frequent speaker on copyright law at events in the United States and abroad, and has testified before Congress several times, including on the Copyright Reform Act (1993); Orphan Works (2006) and Online Enforcement of Rogue Websites (2011). She was a member of the Librarian’s 1993 Advisory Committee on Copyright Registration and Deposit and is currently serving on the Department of Education’s Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities.

"I am honored by the appointment and by Dr. Billington’s trust in me," Pallante said. "I look forward to working with the talented staff of the Copyright Office and Library of Congress to set a path for the future, and I will look to engage and partner with my colleagues in the copyright community in as many ways as possible."

The U.S. Copyright Office has been part of the Library of Congress since 1870. The Library is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the main repository of American authorship. Millions of books, songs, films and other creative works have been added to the Library’s unequaled collection of American creativity through the copyright registration system.

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PR 11-111
06/01/11
ISSN 0731-3527

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