Section 108 Study Group

In 2005, the Copyright Office and the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program convened Section 108 Study Group to consider “the continued relevance and effectiveness of section 108 of the Copyright Act.” The nineteen members of the Study Group were experts from the “the library, archives, and museum communities; from scholarly communities; from related not- for-profits; from various rights holder communities; and from other relevant professional disciplines.” Laura Gasaway (from the library community) and Richard Rudick (from the publishing community) co-chaired the Study Group, which released its final report in 2008. The Copyright Office lists addressing the Study Group report among its “Priorities and Special Projects” for October 2011 to October 2013.

The Study Group’s website is comprehensive, and I will not attempt to reproduce it here.

Full report of the Study Group

Related materials:

  • James G. Neal, “Lay Perspective on the Copyright Wars: A Report from the Trenches of the Section 108 Study Group,” 32 Colum. J.L. & Arts 193 (2008-2009) (Lexis subscription only).
  • Laura N. Gasaway, “Amending the Copyright Act for Libraries and Society: The Section 108 Study Group,” 70 Alb. L. Rev. 1331 (2007) (free here).

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