Ravel Law Announces a New Analytics Product

AALL’s Best New Product of 2016 Winner, Ravel Law, is releasing a new analytics product.  Get all the details and watch a live demonstration with legal tech-blogger Jean O’Grady at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern.  Find out more and register here https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7457269768975514627?source=Email&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=38584969&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–wNwFalbpHrEssYbTSIqr6zxLElJNamXM2L2zf-nTJqn8nPd4gY4sLFPU1zMa7GMEbtrd1zYS76vRMc-EFOEtVxhuBbSOhhtHvySuvhu8uzq0AMxg&_hsmi=38584788

 

EU Decision on E-book Lending

An important EU Court case advances the doctrine of first sale for e-books in the Europe Union:  https://teleread.org/2016/11/14/bill-rosenblatt-inconclusive-ruling-on-library-e-book-lending-in-europe/

Program Manager and Copyright Advisor for Harvard University, Kyle K. Courtney, responded to this recent decision: “Although strictly an EU decision, this could generate some thoughts for our struggles with e-books here in the U.S. Remember, the case comes from the Netherlands, where public libraries are required to pay royalties for the books they lend out as part of a “public lending” right.  These fees are distributed to writers, artists, and publishers via collecting societies. However, this public lending right in the Netherlands did not apply to e-books. Therefore, libraries could only lend out e-books for which they have purchased a license from the publisher.

That’s where we are in the U.S.: We “rent” our e-books. We don’t own them. And when we don’t own them, we lose a lot of use-based options. These e-books are governed by restrictive licensing (truly, it looks a lot like a lease or limited license) that can prevent some of our core practices such as basic loans, interlibrary loan, preservation copies, or even printing for distribution.

This EU decision is hopeful because it suggests that a “dynamic” or “evolving” interpretation of the EU copyright directive should be applied, and that lending of e-books is certainly the modern equivalent of the lending of printed books. That is a big statement! We need something like that here in the U.S. – a fresh reading of the copyright act, especially the first sale doctrine, which is the law that allows libraries to loan print books, as long as they have purchased the work legally.

But our courts, our copyright office, and others have rejected this notion of a “digital first sale” right.  This rejection makes it clear that first sale rights mainly apply to physical, not digital, disposal of copies.

If we can’t have legislation, and we are stuck with licensing, then maybe we can do what the EU court advocated for in its opinion via license: If libraries are purchasing e-books, they need to advocate for clauses in the contract that best serve their mission, their community, and their collection policies. A contract isn’t formalized until it is signed – take the time to try and negotiate. Introduce interlibrary loan clauses, preservation clauses, reject terms that harm collection development goals, or the mission of the libraries.

Perhaps we can learn from this decision on how to advocate for our own U.S.-based e-book purchasing and lending.”

Stay tuned for Kyle’s full analysis in the next issue of CRIV Sheet.

Congress.gov Webinar

Set your calendars for a webinar which will provide a basic overview of the newly launched Congress.gov, formerly THOMAS.gov, for Thursday, November 10 (2:00 to 3:00 PM EST).  From their announcement:  “While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the Congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of Congress.gov will be highlighted as well.”  Click here to register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/congressgov-webinar-tickets-28053155744

Listen to This

Keeping up with legal news and building subject area expertise are challenging for librarians, attorneys, professors, and students. ModioLegal works to make this easier. ModioLegal records legal news and provides access via a high-quality, proprietary platform that can be played back on devices such car audio systems, mobile or home devices. This service allows users to multitask by listening to current awareness content while commuting, traveling, exercising, or even grabbing lunch.

News content is recorded by law school students in a natural speaking voice to provide a higher level of comprehension than a computer-generated narration. Students also gain legal verbal communication practice and possible name recognition (student narrators provide their name, school and year of graduation at the beginning of each recording).

ModioLegal is currently negotiating agreements to add additional content and plans to expand its presence in academia by providing discounted access to law schools.

CRIV Sheet Vol. 39 No. 1 Now Available

The latest edition of The CRIV Sheet is now available. In this new issue, we continue the tradition of recapping programs from the  AALL Annual Meeting.   We have summaries of several programs from this summer’s meeting in Chicago. If you missed the meeting in the Windy City,  were unable to attend a program because of a scheduling conflict, or want a quick refresher, we invite you to check out this new issue.

http://www.aallnet.org/Documents/vendorrelations/CRIVSheet/CRIVSheetVol39No1.pdf

Beta Wayback Machine now with keyword searching

In case you missed the announcement, Wayback Machine recently added key word searching.  Users can now type key words that describe a site into the search box to receive a list of relevant archived websites. Results include links to archived versions of the homepage, a thumbnail image of the homepage (when available), a short description of the homepage, and a capture summary of the site.  There’s even an advanced search feature to narrow your search to a specific field or date.  Read more at http://blog.archive.org/2016/10/24/beta-wayback-machine-now-with-site-search/

 

Increased Access to CRS Reports

EveryCRSReport.com provides access to every currently loaded CRS report in Congress’s internal website. The site contains over 8,200 reports, but this changes as reports are added or updated. Each report includes a revision history that reflects changes over time.

The site offers topical browsing, keyword searching, email alerts, and RSS feed capabilities.

EveryCRSReport.com is a joint effort between Demand Progress and Congressional Data Coalition.