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ERIC Number: EJ788685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-15
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
Enforcing Copyright
Skala, Matthew; Bonfield, Brett; Torpey, Mary Fran
Library Journal, v133 n3 p28-30 Feb 2008
Librarians face a dilemma when it comes to copyright. On the one hand, if content providers disappeared, libraries and their patrons would suffer. By doing their part to eliminate copyright violations, they help keep publishers in business. On the other hand, they understand that "information wants to be free." They resent license agreements that prevent them from sharing information. Their competing allegiances are reflected in the newly updated "American Library Association Code of Ethics," which was changed at last month's Midwinter Meeting from "We recognize and respect intellectual property rights" to "We recognize and advocate balance between the rights of intellectual property owners and the rights of information users." The change is welcome, though it seems inevitable that each individual will interpret "balance" differently. Vendors sometimes try to create that balance for them, introducing technologies that prevent users from committing copyright infringements. However, these technologies can create additional issues and highlight the difficulties librarians face in mediating between law and technology. This challenge requires vigilance and education rather than a reliance on an automated solution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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