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LCA Releases First Sale Fast Facts for Libraries
Have you heard of the “first sale doctrine?” You’ve likely heard (if you’re a District Dispatch subscriber) about the Supreme Court case Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, and that it might affect library lending. However, the details of the case about a student lawfully importing textbooks into the U.S. and then selling them on eBay are seemingly complex and technical. The Library Copyright Alliance has published a one-page summary, “First Sale Fast Facts for Libraries,” that provides you key information to understand the first sale doctrine and what is at stake in the Kirtsaeng case.
Library Copyright Alliance Comments on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization
On Monday, January 14, 2013, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) (whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries and Association of College and Research Libraries) filed comments (PDF) with the U.S. Copyright Office in response to their October 22, 2012, Notice of Inquiry about the current state of play with orphan works and mass digitization.
Republicans had some sincerely nice things to say about President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address.
It was delivered flawlessly. The president mentioned God and the republic. You certainly can’t top Beyoncé’s rendition of the national anthem as the coda to the ceremony.
EKU libraries puts old newspapers, yearbooks online
“For alumni, current and former faculty and staff and others with a connection to Eastern Kentucky University, memory lane is now just a mouse click away. EKU Libraries boasts a growing digital repository of the student-produced campus newspaper, The Eastern Progress, as well as the campus yearbook, the Milestone, all easily viewable, fully searchable and free, by anyone with Internet access.
Homeland Security Has Too Many Definitions, Says CRS
The existence of multiple, overlapping and inconsistent definitions of the term “homeland security” reflects and reinforces confusion in the homeland security mission, according to a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service.
Strategy Lacking for Disposal of Nuclear Weapons Components
There is a “large inventory” of classified nuclear weapons components “scattered across” the nation’s nuclear weapons complex and awaiting disposal, according to an internal Department of Energy contractor report last year.
Sandia Scientists Model Dynamics of Social Protest
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have been studying the ways that information, ideas and behaviors propagate through social networks in order to gain advance warning of cyber attacks or other threatening behavior.
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The Intersect Alert is a newsletter of the Government Relations Committee, San Francisco Bay Region Chapter, Special Libraries Association.