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Wikimedia Foundation removes The Diary of Anne Frank due to copyright law requirements

“Today, in an unfortunate example of the overreach of the United States’ current copyright law, the Wikimedia Foundation removed the Dutch-language text of The Diary of a Young Girl—more commonly known in English as the Diary of Anne Frank—from Wikisource.[1]We took this action to comply with the United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), as we believe the diary is still under US copyright protection under the law as it is currently written. Nevertheless, our removal serves as an excellent example of why the law should be changed to prevent repeated extensions of copyright terms, an issue that has plagued our communities for years.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Hudson Institute Releases White Paper on Copyright Office Reform

“Hudson Institute has just released A 21st Century Copyright Office: The Conservative Case for Reform, a white paper that articulates the case for granting the U.S. Copyright Office autonomy from the Library of Congress. A 21st Century Copyright Office examines the constitutional issues surrounding the Copyright Office’s function within the Library, reviews the history of the American copyright system, and considers the policy choices for how best to structure the Copyright Office to adequately serve consumers, innovators, creators and users.” (via PR Newswire)

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No Library For You: French Authorities Threatening To Close An App That Lets People Share Physical Books

“EFF’s Parker Higgins recently tweeted a question detailing the truly messed up state of copyright law. What do you think would happen if someone invented the public library today? It’s not necessarily a new idea. Nearly four years ago, we asked a similar question right here at Techdirt. And even after centuries of having public libraries, we sometimes still see authors lash out at them. And, indeed, you see some weird situations like when people put up little personal libraries in their front yards, people have tried to shut them down, but for being “illegal structures” rather than over the horror of the free lending of books. And you could argue that various attacks on parts of copyright law on the internet really are attacks on the modern form of a library.” (via Techdirt)

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ALA president calls for digital transformation of Copyright Office

“Today, American Library Association (ALA) president Courtney Young responded to the introduction of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act) by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA): “For more than 20 years, content creators, rights holders, legislators and public users alike have acknowledged that the U.S. Copyright Office needs to modernize its technological capabilities for the 21st century. Unfortunately, the recently introduced Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act does little to address significant technology challenges impacting the U.S. Copyright Office. (via ALA)

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Copyright Office Report on Orphan Works: ARL Releases Issue Brief

“ARL has published an issue brief on the US Copyright Office’s June 4, 2015, Report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization (PDF), which includes recommendations for legislation on orphan works—copyrighted works whose owners are impossible to identify or contact—and the creation of an extended collective licensing (ECL) regime for mass digitization. ARL’s “Issue Brief: Copyright Office Report on Orphan Works” (PDF) focuses only on the Copyright Office’s recommendations regarding orphan works.” (via ARL)

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