Joyful June: copyright law to change for the better

This June, copyright changes for the better!  LOOOONG-awaited changes to copyright exceptions are bringing complex and outdated legislation into line with the needs of modern teaching and research.  These changes will treat those using "non-text" materials more fairly, make preservation copying easier, and enable copying into accessible formats to support people with disabilities.  The rights … Continue reading Joyful June: copyright law to change for the better

Five Theses on the Future of Special Collections

"Preservation without use is an empty victory. It ought to be our primary purpose at all times to minimize barriers to use ..." "[It is] crucial to reach out and demystify special collections, to convey the message: 'Please touch. This is here for you. You are special enough for special collections'." So says John Overholt … Continue reading Five Theses on the Future of Special Collections

Modernising Copyright: the White Paper is published

Important and good news for UK special collections services and their users. The UK government has just published the final part of its response to consultations following the Hargreaves review of intellectual property: Modernising copyright: a modern, robust and flexible framework.  While not addressing underlying problems of copyright, the changes outlined allow a wider range … Continue reading Modernising Copyright: the White Paper is published

Have your say on Copyright

The UK Intellectual Property Office has announced a consultation on the findings of the Hargreaves Report.  This includes many issues which affect the services and activities of Special Collections, notably copying for preservation and the management of "orphan works".  The consultation welcomes responses from individuals and organisations and closes on 21 March 2012.