As part of National Library Week, Marquette University Law Library will be hosting Laura N. Gasaway, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law to speak on “Amending the Copyright Act for Libraries”
The event will be held at the Marquette University Law School, Friday, April 18, 2008, 12:00 to 1:00 pm. It is open to anyone who is interested in copyright issues.
The digital revolution has changed library practices significantly; Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act was amended in 1998 to permit some digital copying by libraries, but it is not sufficient. Libraries and archives need a functioning exception to the exclusive rights of copyright holders. At the same time, the publishing world has changed because of digital technology. The Section 108 Study Group, and independent body appointed by the Library of Congress spent 2 1/2 years examining the current law and reporting to the Librarian of Congress and Register of Copyrights on how to amend the law to make it function better for libraries and archives without significantly harming the owners of copyrighted works. The talk will identify and explain the Study Group’s recommendations.