Front and Center: The Role of Libraries and Copyright in the Digital Age.
Current shifts in copyright law suggest an imbalance between the rights to a creation and the rights of the public. Libraries have an obligation to address these shifts due to the singular space that they occupy within the copyright debate – that of wanting to enlist copyright law to enrich citizenry rather than to promote a financial return on an investment. This paper argues that libraries must not let themselves be marginalized in the debate over what copyright is and will become in this digital age. It also seeks to illuminate the urgent need for discourse by analyzing the evolution of US Copyright Policy in light of the effects of Creative Commons, Open Access, Digital Rights Management Systems, and issues of copyright versus contract. The difficulties faced by ever-morphing copyright law are examined, with special focus on the changes this invokes for libraries in the digital realm in how information is apportioned, manipulated and distributed.
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:copyright united states history library legislation transfer agreements creative commons open access publishing digital rights management institutional repositories
Date of Publication:04/07/2008