New Law Journal Press Blog Will Include Pricing and Release Schedules

Tonya Knudson from Law Journal Press contacted me recently and let me know that now LJP will publish their pricing and release schedules via their new blog: http://lawjournalpress.com/blog

Important Copyright Legislation to watch

In light of last week’s passage of House bill H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 this blog spot offers three articles and a blog post gleaned from Against the Grain that illustrate the problems of politicizing this key Copyright position, traditionally appointed and managed by the Librarian of Congress.

As illustrated in “A Worrisome Harbinger of Changes in Copyright Law” from the Chronicle, in addition to H.R. 1695, there are two more bills on the horizon:

Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (H.R.4241) and the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2016 (H.R.5757), expected to be re-introduced as part of the copyright-reform movement.

H.R. 4241: “This bill establishes the U.S. Copyright Office as a separate independent agency in the legislative branch, to be headed by a Director appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. (Currently, the Copyright Office is part of the Library of Congress [LOC] and is headed by the Register of Copyrights.)”

H.R.5757:  “This bill establishes in the U.S. Copyright Office a small claims board to serve as an alternative forum for parties to voluntarily seek to resolve certain copyright claims if the total monetary recovery sought by a party does not exceed $30,000.”

All three legislative initiatives could have wide-ranging implications for academic institutions, starting with making the Register of Copyrights a Presidential political appointee, the move that just passed the House last week.

Notably from “Big Content Cheers as Congress Votes on Changes to US Copyright Office” (an article posted in Ars Technica) opponents to these measures cite this concern among others:

“Special interests will be involved in picking the person who makes decisions over copyright,” said Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) during debate today on the House floor. “Congress is choosing big powerful interests over consumers, over innovation, and over the little guy.”

Further reading on this important development to watch:

“New Bill Would Let Trump Pick the Next Register of Copyrights”

“‘Register of Copyrights’ Bill Easily Passes House”

“Library Copyright Alliance Continues Opposition to Register of Copyrights Bill”

 

 

 

CRIV Sheet Vol. 39 No. 3 is now available

The May 2017 issue of the CRIV Sheet is now available online.  In this issue, you can read about the preservation of government information during presidential transitions, the recent spate of litigation PACER is involved in, and a list of CRIV-recommended programs to attend at the July 2017 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference in Austin, TX.  Also included are reports from CRIV’s semi-annual vendor liaison calls with Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg BNA.

Facts about PACER

Check out this fact sheet about PACER from the Free Law Project. https://free.law/pacer-facts/

 

Law Firm Data Security Guidelines

Corporate Counsel Group Issues Law Firm Cyber Guidance

What sort of products are out there to help law firms secure their information? Does anyone have examples and experiences to share?

ProQuest and CALIS Press Release

ProQuest and CALIS bring Chinese scholarship to a global audience

GPO Launches New GPO.gov Website

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is launching a newly designed, user-friendly agency website.

Here is the ANNOUNCEMENT

Take a look and submit feedback through the surveymonkey link on the announcement.