Copyright in Cyberspace 2: Questions and Answers for Librarians / Edition 2

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Copyright expert, attorney, and Texas Library Association President-Elect Gretchen McCord Hoffmann, author of Copyright in Cyberspace (2001) addresses the challenges of providing information in an increasingly digital—and litigious—world. From fair use to infringement, this practical handbook features the need-to-know guidelines for professionals in all areas of librarianship including technical services, interlibrary loan, reserves, Web design, instruction, and virtual or distance delivery. Topics covered include hyperlinks and framing; browsing and caching; digital images; interlibrary loan and resource sharing; e-reserves and class-based Web pages; library instruction and distance education; and more. Copyright in Cyberspace 2 features new and expanded chapters on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; file-sharing; licensing; writing a copyright policy; and more. An invaluable section of the book compiles helpful, up-to-date online and print sources and excerpts pertinent legislation and guidelines, creating a sourcebook librarians can reference as needs arise. Written in an easy-to-understand, question-and-answer format that reveals the essential information and avoids confusing technical jargon and legalese, Copyright in Cyberspace 2 is a unique resource for librarians.

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Hoffman addresses the increased complexity in the law as technology becomes more complicated and appeals to librarians to become advocates for the needs of information users. Following a format similar to Copyright in Cyberspace (Neal-Schuman, 2001), the book is divided into four sections covering copyright fundamentals, applying them in cyberspace, specific library applications as they relate to the increasing types of material that can be copyrighted, and resources. A section titled "The dark side of the DMCA" points out how the Digital Millennium it affects librarians who might want to use a digital work during distance-education sessions or lend a copy of one if they circumvent the technology protecting it. The intricacies of file-sharing, browsing and caching, hyperlinks and framing, licensing, and electronic reserves are covered separately, bolstered by court-case examples, notes, and bibliographies. Hoffman discusses the guidelines of personal use in music file-sharing and touches on implications for digital-television videotaping. Her style is more conversational than formal, posing questions as paragraph headings such as, "Can't I make use of anything I find on the Web without getting in trouble?! or "What does all of this mean for libraries?" Specific questions and answers appear in gray inset boxes, along with quotes by Gandhi, Michael Moore, Kirk Douglas, and others, to provide food for thought and inspire library activism. An indispensable reference for all types of libraries.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555705176
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 History and purpose of copyright law 3
2 Overview of copyright law 15
3 Fair use : is it all it's cracked up to be? : and other pockets of protection for librarians 27
4 Some Internet basics 43
5 Recent copyright legislation 51
6 Hyperlinks and framing 59
7 Browsing and caching 69
8 Using digital images 81
9 The dark side of the DMCA 93
10 File-sharing 101
11 Non-copyright issues 107
12 I'm the good guy : what can they do to me? 113
13 Liability for content provided on the Internet and as Internet access provider 121
14 Interlibrary loan and resource sharing 127
15 Electronic reserves and class-based Web pages 135
16 Library instruction and distance education 147
17 Licensing 155
18 Writing a copyright policy 163
19 Librarians as representatives of libraries and library users 169
A Selected excerpts from the Copyright Act of 1976 (17 U.S.C. 101 et seq.) 183
B Copyright term duration 209
C The Conference on Fair Use : educational fair use guidelines for digital images 211
D The Conference on Fair Use : fair use guidelines for electronic reserve systems 221
E Code of ethics of the American Library Association 225
F The Conference on Fair Use : fair use guidelines for educational multimedia 227
G American Library Association model policy concerning college and university photocopying for classroom, research and library reserve use 237
H Agreement on guidelines for classroom copying in not-for-profit educational institutions 245
I How to get permission to use copyrighted material 249
J How to protect your work 251
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