copyright issues

There is an interesting posting “Libraries versus Salinger” on the Duke University Libraries Scholarly Communications @ Duke blog, a “web site [that] is intended to help keep the Duke community informed about developments in scholarly communications, including the application of copyright law and its exceptions to teaching and research.”

In early August, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and others had filed an amicus brief in the appeal of the June 2009 court decision issuing an injunction to stop the U.S. publication of Sixty Years Later: Coming through the Rye, an unauthorized sequel to the Catcher in the Rye, on the grounds that its publication was a likely infringement of J. D. Salinger’s copyright.

imagesFollowing up on a previous blog entry on Google’s efforts to mass-digitize books, including copyrighted and “orphan” works, is this story at the New York Times, regarding Google’s mass-print effort to reach authors of otherwise orphaned works.

Since the copyright holders can be anywhere and not necessarily online — given how many books are old or out of print — it became obvious that what was needed was a huge push in that relic of the pre-Internet age: print.  …the bulk of the legal notice spending — about $7 million of a total of $8 million — is going to newspapers, magazines, even poetry journals, with at least one ad in each country. These efforts make this among the largest print legal-notice campaigns in history.

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