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  • 1.  Follow-up on questions from Committee on Legislation Report at Council II

    Posted Jan 22, 2022 03:43 PM

    Hi everyone, I wanted to make sure to follow-up on two questions that were asked following the Committee on Legislation report at Council II.

    • Regarding the status of opt-outs for individuals in the CASE Act: In the fall, ALA and ACRL, as a part of the Library Copyright Alliance, submitted comments with the US Copyright Office strongly objecting to the proposed preemptive opt-out ineligibility for library employees. We are currently awaiting for the US Copyright Office to issue a final rule, and will provide an update once this occurs.

    • Regarding the status of moving the US Copyright Office out of the Library of Congress: There are some informal discussions about such legislation. ALA is involved in the discussions, but we don't expect anything to move in this Congress, though introduction of a bill is always possible. ALA continues to advocate to keep the US Copyright Office in the Library of Congress under the purview of Dr. Hayden.
    -Joe

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    Joseph Thompson
    Director of Public Services
    Carroll County Public Library
    He/Him/His
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  • 2.  RE: Follow-up on questions from Committee on Legislation Report at Council II

    Posted Jan 22, 2022 05:28 PM
    Thanks, Joe. I have been following these two matters, and good to have your update. We really need the CASE opt-out for library workers. And we need to make sure that the Copyright Office stays in the Library of Congress. 

    Jim Neal
    University Librarian Emeritus 
    Columbia University
    ALA President 2017-18
    http://www.columbia.edu/~jneal