AT ISSUE: Authorship Law & Policy

We provide education and advocacy (within the limits of our status as a public charity) for sound policies that help authors create their works, make them accessible to the public, and ensure their preservation. Our Principles and Proposals for Copyright Reform, a founding document for Authors Alliance, continues to guide our policy work today.

To advocate for these goals, Authors Alliance has submitted amicus briefs in support of fair use and authors’ rights. In addition, we regularly engage with the U.S. Copyright Office on a variety of issues, including the DMCA and moral rights.

2019:

  • Comment to U.S. Copyright Office in support of registration modernization

2018:

  • Brief to Canada’s Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology urging the retention of reversionary rights in Canada’s Copyright Act and recommending amendments to the provision
  • Statement to the World Intellectual Property (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) on how reasonable limitations and exceptions to copyright for education benefit authors
  • Endorsement of Position Statement on Controlled Digital Lending for Libraries
  • Comment to U.S. Copyright Office in support of a differentiated fee schedule to accommodate all authors
  • Comment to U.S. Copyright Office in support of mandatory deposit of electronic-only books
  • Joint letter to U.S. Copyright Office explaining why screen capture is not a sufficient alternative to circumvention
  • Statement to the World Intellectual Property (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) on the benefits to authors of reasonable limitations and exceptions to copyright for libraries, archives, and museums; education; and for persons with disabilities
  • Letter to South Africa’s Members of Parliament in support of introducing a termination of transfer provision into South Africa’s copyright laws
  • Joint statement to Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees in support of the passage of the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act
  • Reply comment to U.S. Copyright Office in support of a modified exemption to Section 1201 of the DMCA

2017:

  • Comment to U.S. Copyright Office in support of a modified exemption to Section 1201 of the DMCA
  • Petition for a new, expanded multimedia e-book exemption to Section 1201 of the DMCA
  • Joint letter to NAFTA negotiators in support of transparency and balanced copyright policy
  • Petition to renew multimedia e-book exemption to Section 1201 of the DMCA
  • Comment to the U.S. Copyright Office in support of modernizing recordation
  • Comment to the U.S. Copyright Office in support of creators’ rights to integrity and attribution
  • Amicus brief in Cambridge University Press v. Albert in support of fair use
  • Comment to the House Judiciary Committee on proposed reforms to the U.S. Copyright Office

2016:

  • Comment to U.S. Copyright Office in support of DMCA exemptions for print-disabled readers
  • Comment to the U.S. Copyright Office in support of reforming the DMCA exemption process

2015:

  • Comment to the U.S. Copyright Office urging reconsideration of extended collective licensing
  • Comment in support of DMCA exemption for multimedia e-books

2014:

  • Petition to the U.S. Copyright Office seeking DMCA exemption for multimedia e-books
  • Amicus brief in Authors Guild v. Google Books in support of fair use