CRIV Activities at AALL 2012

CRIV will be participating in several Annual Meeting activities.  See below to find out where and when CRIV will be present.  For more information on all Annual Meeting activities, please refer to the AALL Conference Planner.

Saturday July 21

Tabling, CONELL Marketplace, 10:30am – 11:40am Sheraton-Ballroom A

Business Meeting, 4:00pm – 5:00pm Sheraton-Berkeley B

Monday July 23

Roundtable, e-Books in the Legal Profession, 12:00pm – 1:00pm HCC-Room 204

Program, G4: Antitrust Considerations and the Association, 2:45pm – 4:00pm HCC-Room 306

Tuesday July 24

Coffee Talks, Licensing Electronic Content: From Fair Use to Escape Clauses and Everything in Between, 7:30am – 8:15am HCC-Boylston Street Hallway (level 3)

  • Hosted by Vendor Liaison, Margaret K. Maes and Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki


Tabling, Exhibit Hall

  • To speak with a member of CRIV, stop by our table during an Exhibit Hall break.

eBook User’s Bill of Rights

In anticipation of the 2012 AALL Boston Vendor Roundtable: e-Books in the Legal Profession, I thought I’d repost the eBook User’s Bill of Rights written by the San Rafael Public Library’s Acting Directory,  Sarah Houghton, and originally posted on February 28, 2011 in Ms. Houghton’s  blog, Librarian in Black.   I’m not sure I agree with every part of  it but I do think that librarians must be very vigilant so that we don’t let technology fundamentally alter our expectations about what it means to own and use books.  I would add to the Bill of Rights a section about the right to borrow ebooks for periods of limited duration from public, academic, and/or private libraries.


Every eBook user should have the following rights:

  • the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations
  • the right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses
  • the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright
  • the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the eBook owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased eBooks

I believe in the free market of information and ideas.

I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can flourish when their works are readily available on the widest range of media. I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can thrive when readers are given the maximum amount of freedom to access, annotate, and share with other readers, helping this content find new audiences and markets. I believe that eBook purchasers should enjoy the rights of the first-sale doctrine because eBooks are part of the greater cultural cornerstone of literacy, education, and information access.

Digital Rights Management (DRM), like a tariff, acts as a mechanism to inhibit this free exchange of ideas, literature, and information. Likewise, the current licensing arrangements mean that readers never possess ultimate control over their own personal reading material. These are not acceptable conditions for eBooks.

I am a reader. As a customer, I am entitled to be treated with respect and not as a potential criminal. As a consumer, I am entitled to make my own decisions about the eBooks that I buy or borrow.

I am concerned about the future of access to literature and information in eBooks.  I ask readers, authors, publishers, retailers, librarians, software developers, and device manufacturers to support these eBook users’ rights.


More info about the 2012 Vendor Roundtable is found here.

2012 AALL Boston Vendor Roundtable: e-Books in the Legal Profession

The Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV) will be hosting an informal discussion on e-books in the legal profession.  This session will be held during the AALL Annual Meeting in Boston from Noon-1:00p.m. Monday July 23 in HCC-Room 204.  This session is open to all Annual Meeting attendees.

If you have questions about e-books in the profession that you would like asked at this session, please send them to Michelle Cosby at by Monday July 9.

If you are a Vendor and would like to RSVP, please contact Michelle Cosby at by Friday June 29.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!