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Copyright, Licensing, and the Law of E-Books (ALA TechSource Workshop)
Mary Minow
Item Number: 1541-8948
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $60.00
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A 90-minute workshop, Thursday, September 18, 2014, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

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Copyright, Licensing, and the Law of E-Books (ALA TechSource Workshop)
A 90-minute workshop, Thursday, September 18, 2014, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Along with their popularity and convenience, e-books bring their own set of challenges to libraries. If you manage an existing e-book collection or are in the planning stages, the following questions will already sound familiar: as your library acquires e-books, do you acquire ownership or access? How do the rights granted for lending print books change in a digital environment? How does the concept of First Sale apply to library materials, and what is its current application to library e-books? Lending and licensing models are in flux, and new players are entering the e-book marketplace, making up-to-date guidance even more necessary. In this workshop Mary Minow from will take you on a pragmatic journey through the law of e-books, cutting through the jargon to give straight answers to common questions. With an understanding of the legal underpinnings of library e-book lending, you’ll be able to plan an effective e-book strategy for your library. Among the topics to be explored:
  • An introductory review of major e-book platform vendors and emerging library-based projects
  • Is First Sale in jeopardy, as some say? 
  • The implication of a recent court decision, The Authors Guild v. Hathitrust, with regard to Fair Use 
  • How the so-called Library Exception (Section 108), which permits libraries and archives to make copies for interlibrary loan, preservation and replacement, applies to e-books
  • Conditions and e-book applications of Section 121, also known as the Chafee Amendment, which allows authorized entities to copy and distribute some copies to persons with print disabilities 
  • What to look for in licensing language and provisions  

About the Instructor

Mary Minow is Counsel to the Califa Group, and a library law consultant on issues of copyright, privacy, intellectual freedom, and related issues. Co-author with Tomas Lipinski of The Library's Legal Answer Book, she manages the website for the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center and tweets at both @FairlyUsed and @LibraryLaw.  She has a J.D. from Stanford University and an M.L.S. from the University of Michigan.


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