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.

2017:

  • 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

Issues for Authors

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We help authors understand and manage the rights necessary to make their works broadly available now and in the future.

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We provide education and advocacy for sound policies that help authors create their works, make them accessible to the public, and ensure their preservation.

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We help authors identify online platforms, journals, libraries, and other tools, techniques, and partners that can help them communicate with their audiences.

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We work to ensure that authors can make their contributions to knowledge and culture widely available without sacrificing their interests in reputation and integrity.

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