October 23, 2014

Link: Supreme Court copyright case will decide fate of millions of once-public works – The Washington Post

Be sure to read this article detailing University of Denver’s Professor Lawrence Golan’s  lawsuit (Golan vs. Holder)–a  “10-year trek through the legal system on behalf of fellow conductors, academics, film historians” and others. It all ends Wednesday (October 5th) at the Supreme Court.

Golan and his colleagues are asking the justices to overturn a decision by Congress giving copyright protection to millions of works by foreign artists that once were in the public domain…

(T)hose on Golan’s side — the ACLU, Google and the American Library Association, among others — say Congress’s action violated First Amendment rights, complicated efforts to digitize the world’s great libraries and obscured the original intent of the Constitution’s copyright clause: “to promote the progress of science and useful arts.”

“This case raises the question, ‘What is copyright really for?’ ” said Golan’s attorney, Anthony Falzone, of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. “Is it just something that benefits authors, or is it something that benefits society?”

Read the entire article by Robert Barnes — Supreme Court copyright case will decide fate of millions of once-public works – The Washington Post.

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After a long career in collection management at Brooklyn Public Library, and a decade as their Director of Collection Development, Barbara Genco joined Library Journal in fall 2009 as Editor, Collection Management. Follow her on Twitter @BarbaraAGenco.

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