Equitable Solution Sought for Orphaned Works Follow-Up on the March/April Archival Outlook Discussions of Copyright Extensions Collapse at WIPO Meeting Sprucing Up In the Loop and Archival Outlook Equitable Solution Sought for Orphaned Works SAAfs Intellectual Property Working Group members Jean Dryden and Eric Harbeson participated in public roundtables on potential legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization hosted by the US Copyright Office in mid-March. Harbeson sat on two panels, gDefining a Good Faith eReasonably Diligent Searchf Standardh and gThe Role of Private and Public Registries.h In his discussion of the gReasonably Diligent Searchh requirement, Harbeson emphasized that for a search to be greasonableh it has to be time- and cost-effective, and the search requirements themselves should not foreclose the use of orphan works. His testimony cited Maggie Dickinsonfs article gDue Diligence, Futile Effort: Copyright and the Digitization of the Thomas E. Watson Papersh (The American Archivist 73:2), which discussed the futility of doing what the publishing industry thinks should be done to identify rights holders in orphaned works. To read Dryden and Harbesonfs report of this event, visit http://goo.gl/iy9LxE. Follow-Up on March/April Archival Outlook Intrepid SAA member Bruce Dearstyne enjoyed the Archival Outlook article on the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration Building dedicated to Gregory Sanford in 2012 following his thirty years of service (gThe Sense of Wonder,h March/April 2014). Dearstyne noted, however, that another archivist had also received this honorable distinction: In 2005, Marylandfs state archives building was named the Edward C. Papenfuse State Archives Building in honor of Papenfusefs thirtieth anniversary as state archivist. Discussions of Copyright Extensions Collapse at WIPO Meeting Discussions by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) collapsed in May after the European Union (EU) moved to block future discussion of exceptions to copyright laws that would aid libraries and archives in serving the public. In what some are labeling an gact of obstructionismh at the SCCRfs twenty-seventh session, held April 28.May 2, 2014, in Geneva, the EU refused to agree that the committee would continue to discuss any gtextbasedh document addressing the many library and archives issues that had been under negotiation for the past three years. SAA was joined at the SCCR meeting by more than a dozen library and archives delegations from Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The goal of the meeting was to formulate language for international library and archives exceptions to copyright law. At stake, according to William Maher, director of the University of Illinois Archives and SAAfs representative at SCCR, is the future for an international treaty that would address such archival matters as responding to crossborder requests, preserving and making available orphan works, and preservation in the digital world. For more information, see http://www2.archivists.org/groups/intellectual-property-working-group/ advice-and-advocacy. Sprucing Up In the Loop and Archival Outlook Notice anything different about SAA periodicals? Just in case you havenft, wefve made some improvements that wefd like to crow about. In the Loop: A new responsive design was introduced in the April 30 issue. This format optimizes the appearance of the periodical across all devices and screen sizes, allowing you to easily read the newsletter on your desktop or smartphone. A navigation bar was added beneath the nameplate so that you can jump to your favorite section, and gtoph links were added throughout the newsletter to quickly bring you back to the beginning. Another innovation is the top story, which functions as a lead feature to further keep you gin the looph on the hot topics from the past two weeks. If you missed an issue, you can easily access the In the Loop archives at http://www2.archivists.org/intheloop. Archival Outlook: A digital edition was launched with the January/February issue using the BlueToad digital publishing solution. The cool new format allows you to share individual articles or the issue via a variety of social media outlets, access text-only versions of articles by clicking on the headlines, and zoom in on text for an optimal reading experience. Flexible settings allow you to control flip sounds, page shadows, flip animation, and the link rollover sound. Other nifty features include thumbnail images of each page, adding notes or gfavoriteh pages, a handy index of advertisers, and the ability to print or download a PDF version. Back issues from 2013 have been retroconverted to digital editions and are stored in an easily accessible archives. These improvements to In the Loop and Archival Outlook are brought to you by recommendations of the 2012.2013 Communications Task Force. We hope youfll agree that this sprucing up is something to crow about!
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