ARL and ALA Release Statement
on Showing Films in the Classroom
ARL and the American Library Association (ALA) recently released a statement,
Performance of or Showing Films in the Classroom. This statement provides
guidance on the digital delivery of content to the “physical” classroom.
When the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH)
Act was enacted in 2002, librarians hoped that it would provide some clarity on
copyright exceptions for the digital delivery of content for distance education. In
reality, understanding what is permitted under the TEACH Act in combination
with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and existing exceptions like
fair use have become more confusing to many practitioners. The statement was
written by Jonathan Band, legal counsel to ALA and ARL; Peter Jaszi, Professor
of Law, Faculty Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic
at American University Washington College of Law; and Kenneth D. Crews,
Director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University. The statement
is available at http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/webdigitalpsa.shtml.
UIUC’s Janice Pilch Named ARL Visiting Program Officer
ARL has appointed Janice Pilch as a Visiting Program Officer (VPO) on
International Copyright to work with ARL’s Public Policies Strategic Direction.
She is Associate Professor of Library Administration and Humanities Librarian
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library.
Pilch’s VPO position will greatly enhance ARL’s efforts in the international
copyright arena. In particular, her assignment will contribute to the work of the
Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), whose members include ARL, the American
Library Association (ALA), and the Association of College and Research
Libraries (ACRL). The Visiting Program Officer on International Copyright will
be responsible for research and policy formulation on international copyright
issues relating to libraries. This includes identifying further strategic directions
and potential alliances in which ARL and LCA may seek to influence legislation,
as well as public policies governing use of copyrighted materials at the national
and international levels.
OCTOBER 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC