Working with its Copyright Committee, AALL monitors many legislative, political and judicial developments that affect domestic and international copyright law. While the number of issues we monitor grows with copyright's importance to the U.S. information technology infrastructure, we consider the following issues to be particularly important to our membership.


  • Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA)

    The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (Pub. L. 105-298, §§ 102(b) and (d); 112 Stat.2827-2828), the U.S. Supreme Court's Eldred decision, and AALL's Supreme Court amicus curiae brief.
  • Database Protection

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Feist decision and industry attempts to gain copyright protection for aggregate data in secure databases.
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

    The DMCA (Pub .L. 105-304; 112 Stat. 2860) and its effects on libraries and researchers.
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM)

    Analyzes digital rights management issues and their effect on fair copyright laws.
  • Fair Use Doctrine

    Updated: 2006
    Information and articles about Section 107 of the U.S. copyright law, particularly its status amidst licensing and digital rights management schemes.
  • First Sale Doctrine

    Section 109 of the U.S. copyright law, and its importance to libraries and consumers.
  • International Copyright

    International issues, including the Berne Convention, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Free Trade of the Americas Agreement.
  • Licensing & UCITA

    Defines licenses, compares with ownership and the Section 109 "first sale" doctrine, and opposition to the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act ("UCITA").
  • Orphan Works

    Updated: 2008
    Orphan Works are works for which the current rightsowner cannot be contacted or identified or for which protection may or may not have expired, making their reuse somewhat problematic. The U.S Copyright Office has a proposal to address the issue, but some aspects of the proposal are controversial.
  • Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press & Sage Publications v. Georgia State University

    Updated: 2008
    An academic copying lawsuit.
  • Section 108 Study Group

    Section 108 of the Copyright Act includes exemptions for certain types of copies made by libraries and archives. The Study Group, working under the direction of the Library of Congress, reported on concerns associated with evolving digital formats and the new challenges introduced by changing technology and web-based organizations.
  • TEACH Act

    Updated: 2008
    Governs the use of protected materials in distance education.