“Ever photocopy an article for yourself, download a library e-book, rent a DVD, stream your favorite TV show or record digital programming of any kind to watch where and when you chose? Know it or not, you were benefitting from “fair use” and other key parts of our nation’s copyright laws. These critical provisions balance copyright owners’ otherwise monopoly rights to control almost every aspect of how their work is accessed, used, shared and creatively modified. This is Fair Use Week 2017, and there’s no better time to take time to look at where that balance came from, where it’s been and where it ought to be headed.
In 1996, I was privileged to represent libraries and their core commitment to public access to information as an advisor to the U.S. delegation that negotiated the World Intellectual Property Organization (aka, “WIPO”) Copyright Treaty, which paved the way for development of the modern internet. During Copyright Week 2017, it strikes me that there’s a critical lesson to be learned from the intense negotiations that produced that watershed document and our experience with the 1998 U.S. law adopted to implement it. It’s a principle we ignore at our social, cultural and economic peril.
The lesson? Balance is everything.
Copyright “limitations and exceptions” don’t just fuel non-commercial pursuits. Entire industries, and our economy, are built on the balance at the core of American copyright law. None of today’s major internet companies – and their browsers, apps, programs, games and databases – would or could exist without them. Literally trillions of dollars of America’s GDP, and thousands of jobs, flow from fair use. That’s the power of balance.
Balance is what makes the American system of copyright distinctive. It stems from very specific language in the Constitution itself in which the Framers preface the “copyright clause” with its overarching social purpose: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries…”
(And if you haven’t done so already, check out this interview with Jim at the 2016 Charleston Conference)
“AIP Publishing has announced that Adam Chesler has been promoted to Director, Global Sales. In this role, he will lead the Global Sales and Sales Support teams with a keen focus on driving sales activity to academic, government, and corporate libraries around the world.
Adam has been with AIP Publishing for a year and a half and has made some significant contributions to the organization as a Senior Sales Manager. During his tenure, he successfully negotiated the renewal some of our largest and most complex consortia agreements. This includes those agreements in Taiwan, India, China and Korea. Adam has had a steady hand in managing and negotiating our third party licensing (royalty) agreements for our journal content. Last fall, he also organized and facilitated AIPP’s Library Advisory Board and he played a key role in revising AIPP’s license agreements with libraries while assisting with the revision of our licensing policies with libraries.
In addition to his contributions, Adam is a conference director for the Charleston Conference, an important annual gathering of libraries, publishers and vendors. When he is not working he can be found eating ice cream, watching baseball and volunteering at his public library (and on rare occasions all three at once).”
“The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce that Michele Kimpton will be joining its staff as Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist beginning March 1, 2017.
In this critical role, Michele will be responsible for developing and implementing business strategies to increase the impact and reach of DPLA. This will include building key strategic partnerships, creating new services and exploring new opportunities, expanding private and public funding, and developing community support models, both financial and in-kind. Together these important activities will support DPLA’s present and future…
Prior to joining DPLA, Michele Kimpton worked as Chief Strategist for LYRASIS and CEO of DuraSpace, where she developed several new cloud-based managed services for the digital library community, and developed new sustainability and governance models for multiple open source projects. Kimpton is a founding member of both the National Digital Strategic Alliance (NDSA) and the IIPC (International Internet Preservation Consortium). In 2013, Kimpton was named Digital Preservation Pioneer by the NDIPP program at Library of Congress. She holds a MBA from Santa Clara University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University…”
ALA News reports that “the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) announces that Hope A. Olson is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret Mann Citation presented by its Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS). The Mann Citation will be presented on June 24 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.
The Mann Citation, recognizing outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification, includes a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient’s honor by OCLC, Inc. to the library school of the winner’s choice. Olson has chosen the University of Alberta to be the recipient of this year’s scholarship award.
Olson’s contributions to the field of cataloging are many and outstanding. In addition to her extensive research and publishing, she was an influential teacher of cataloging and classification who mentored numerous doctoral students in library and information science.
As one of her nominations for this citation noted, Olson “is a prominent figure in cataloging, known for pioneering the application of feminist, poststructural, and postcolonial theory to the critical analysis of knowledge organization tools and practices.” Her seminal book in this area, “The Power to Name: Locating the Limits of Subject Representation in Libraries,” was published in 2002, and its impact has only grown through the years.
Although Olson retired from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013, she continues to publish and present on cataloging and classification issues, even presenting a paper she co-authored at the 2016 IFLA Classification & Indexing Satellite Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
SAGE Publishing today announces that Michael Duffy has been appointed Director of Library Sales, overseeing SAGE’s North American Library Sales Team.
“I am honored to lead SAGE’s sales team and to have the opportunity to serve librarians on a much broader scale,” Michael commented. “My goal is to ensure that our team actively promotes SAGE’s mission of improving academic publishing so that it can be a vehicle for supporting education and scholarship and ultimately, for improving the world. I truly believe that we can work with librarians as partners in supporting this shared vision…”
Michael joined SAGE Publishing as Library Sales Manager in 2011 and quickly moved from Senior Library Sales Manager to District Library Sales Manager to his current role as Director. Previously, he worked in sales at Thomson Reuters and in editorial capacities at Oxford University Press and Wolters Kluwer, among other organizations. Michael holds a Master of Science degree in Publishing from Pace University…”