Thursday, December 11, 2003

Libraries in Today's Digital Age: The Copyright Controversy

Libraries in Today's Digital Age: The Copyright Controversy Teaching students about copyright is hard. Partly because it is so complicated...

From the site,"In recent years, a copyright legislative battle has ensued between copyright holders (primarily represented by the publishing, entertainment, and software business industries) and those who wish to use or have access to copyright materials (primarily represented by library, educational, and public interest communities). Copyright holders argue that they will not make their copyrighted works available to the public in digital formats unless the law is revised to prevent piracy and protect the marketplace for intellectual property by controlling access and use. Libraries argue that users rights to information should be upheld regardless of technological innovation and digital formats. The big question: Can copyright law continue to balance the interests of both copyright holders and users in the digital environment?" Full article at: http://www.michaellorenzen.com/eric/copyright.html.