Copyright Office Holds Section 108 Hearings

A committee appointed by the Library of Congress will hold two public roundtables in March 2006—in Los Angeles and in Washington, D.C.— to gather insights and opinions on how to revise copyright exceptions for libraries and archives (Section 108 of the Copyright Act).

The committee consists of independent experts from the commercial and not-for profit sectors. The roundtables, which are free and open to the public, will be held Wednesday, March 8, in Los Angeles and on Thursday, March 16, in Washington, D.C.

The committee, known as the Section 108 Study Group, convened in April 2005 under the sponsorship of the Library of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office to re-examine the exceptions and limitations applicable to libraries and archives under the Copyright Act, specifically in light of the changes produced by the widespread use of digital technologies since the last significant study in 1988.

U.S. Copyright Office. Study Group to Host Public Roundtables in March 2006 on Copyright Exceptions for Libraries and Archives. (Press Release) Jan 17, 2006.

Editors’ Note: CopyCense executive editor K. Matthew Dames has written about Section 108 recently. Dames’ article, “Copyright Clearances: Library Copying in the Digital Age,” was published in the July/August 2005 edition of Online magazine and is available from the Information Today, Inc. archives. CopyCense will publish an updated version of this article on Tuesday, January 31.


The Wired Campus Blog. Library Group Argues Before Congress. January 24, 2006.

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01/23/2006 at 08:59

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