The Long Arm of the Law, presentation by Bill Hannay, Schiff Hardin LLP
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You can run, but, really, you can't hide from the long arm of the law. This fact is known to Kenny Rogers -- and to all librarians. For example, many basic library operations are entwined with ...
You can run, but, really, you can't hide from the long arm of the law. This fact is known to Kenny Rogers -- and to all librarians. For example, many basic library operations are entwined with copyright law, which enables us to make materials available to readers and to provide for long-term access. And copyright is but one of many legal constructs that impacts 21st century library activities and practices. In this digital age, the law is evermore a factor, ensnaring us in the complications of regimes developed largely for the print environment. Today, all are working to develop new "rules" governing a transformed age of content creation, delivery, and sharing. The 2010 Charleston conference presented for the first time an expert session on the "long arm," featuring attorneys who specialize in competition and copyright. Two of them (William Hannay and Lauren Schoenthaler) return this year, now joined by Jack Barnard (University of Michigan), to bring the Charleston audience up to date on leading developments in cases such as Sky River, the Google books settlement (still unresolved), Georgia State (reserves), John Wiley (first sale), and the FTC's investigation of Google. Hear their concerns and insights about electronic price-fixing, orphan works, web accessioning and downloading -- and anything else of importance that can be accommodated in a mere 75 minutes. After the presentations, there will be some time for audience engagement. This session once again promises to be a winner: educational, riveting, challenging, and stimulating.
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