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They Started It! Copyright Reform Abroad
The library community, along with the legal community, have been beating the drum of copyright reform for years, if not decades. In recent years, reform efforts have fallen behind economic troubles, immigration issues and the ever mighty patent. But, while the U.S. has been sitting on the sidelines of copyright reform,
have all taken a look at reforming copyright laws, particularly in the context of the digital revolution. Granted, the latest wave of digital revolution for copyrighted materials started around 15 years ago (can someone say Napster), better late then never.
While Canada has already enacted legislation, Australia and the U.K. are in the preliminary stages of reform, examining the changing dynamics of the digital world. The legislative efforts of these three countries are creating rights that us Americans have enjoyed for a very long time including parody, but all focus on education uses, fair use and some even specifically address library issues. As these countries address copyright reform, hopefully, the beating of the copyright reform drum in the U.S. will have a new rhythm, one that legislators can hear over the sounds of big media lobbyists.
Ms. Kelly Mahealani Leong
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 08:48 AM
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