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New Journal: Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship

Posted By Marci A. Cohen, Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship (, a peer-reviewed open-access journal has announced its launch. Although the premiere issue does not have any articles explicitly about music, it does include one on copyright implications for streaming media and another by Tammy Ravas, chair of the MLA Legislation Committee, about teaching a semester-long undergraduate course on copyright where she engaged students in discussion about various aspects of music copyright infringement lawsuits.

The full announcement:

We are pleased to introduce the Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship ( The journal, founded by Carla Myers (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs), Tucker Taylor (University of South Carolina), and Andrew Wesolek (Clemson University), is a peer-reviewed open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships and impact of copyright law on public, school, academic, and digital libraries, archives, museums, and research institutions and their educational initiatives. The Journal’s founding Editorial Board includes some of the nation’s foremost experts in copyright and higher education, including: Kyle Courtney (Harvard University), Kenneth  D. Crews (Gipson Hoffman & Pancione), Donna Ferullo (Purdue University), Christine Fruin (University of Florida), Isaac Gilman (Pacific University), Dick Kawooya (University of South Carolina), Tomas Lipinski (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Lisa Macklin (Emory University), Sarah McCleskey (Hofstra University), and Kevin Smith (University of Kansas).   The first issue features papers based on presentations delivered at the 2016 Kraemer Copyright Conference, held this past Spring at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs as well as an essay from Editorial Board member Kenneth D. Crews about the considerations the Board made in drafting the author agreement.   The Journal will be published bi-annually in the fall and spring and welcomes submissions for future issues, including original research and practitioner experience papers, legal analysis, as well as submissions in alternative formats. The Journal appreciates the sponsorship of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and the support of the University of Kansas, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina.   Contact:  

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U.S. Copyright Office: Report on Orphan Works & Mass Digitization

Posted By Legislation Committee, Monday, June 8, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The U.S. Copyright Office has released a report on the study of issues surrounding orphan works and mass digitization projects. Recognizing that, while "...the use of individual orphan works and mass digitization offer considerable opportunities for the diffusion of creativity and learning... the public is deprived of the full benefit of such uses, not because rightsholders and users cannot agree to terms, but because a lack of information or inefficiencies in the licensing process prevent such negotiations from occurring in the first place." (p. 105)

Included in the report is a comparison of licensing provisions in other countries, as well as a draft and discussion of potential legislation.

The Music Library Association was among those parties that submitted comments, and at least one of our members participated in the public roundtables.

Read the full report here: Orphan Works and Mass Digitization: A Report of the Register of Copyrights

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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.