For immediate release | December 11, 2012

The E-copyright handbook

CHICAGO —Providing library and information professionals with practical guidance to minimize the risk of copyright infringement, “The E-copyright Handbook,” published by Facet Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, considers how copyright applies internationally to a wide range of electronic content types. Author Paul Pedley covers APIs, e-books, blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, emails, streaming, podcasts, broadcasts, databases, social networking sites, GUIs and more, while focusing on activities that are especially relevant to library and information services, such as the lending of electronic content and the mass digitization of content from a library collection. He also considers activities undertaken by internet users such as deep linking, filesharing, mashups and scraping and the copyright issues associated with those activities. Other topics include:

  • Relevant international legislation, including numerous examples of legal disputes and court decisions from the UK, Europe and the US;
  • Copyright exceptions such as those for fair dealing, library privilege, the making of a temporary copy, visual impairment and the public interest, with explanations of how they apply in an electronic context;
  • A chapter devoted to the Digital Economy Act 2010 and how it works in practice;
  • The use of copyright infringement reports, copyright infringement lists and quality assurance reports;
  • The use of technical measures, penalties, appeals and costs.

Pedley is a leading expert in information law. A visiting lecturer at City University, UK, responsible for the Information Law and Policy Module, he has been a member of the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA)since 1998. He is the author of “Essential Law for Information Professionals,” now in its third edition, and “Digital Copyright and Copyright Compliance: Practical Steps to Stay Within the Law,” and editor of “Managing Digital Rights.” He regularly runs training courses on copyright and other legal issues.

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