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Autograph of al-Maqrizi's Khitat Revealed at University of Michigan Library

Isl. Ms. 605, fol.143b and fol.144a
August 19, 2010

Graduate Student Discovers Arabic Manuscript in al-Maqrizi’s Own Hand

Noah Gardiner, a third-year graduate student in the [Near Eastern Studies] Department’s AAPTIS division, is a member of the team that is re-cataloguing and digitizing our Library’s splendid collection of Islamic manuscripts. (This three-year project, “Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan,” is funded with a grant from the Mellon Foundation, see http://www.lib.umich.edu/collaboration-cataloging-islamic-manuscripts-michigan and http://www.lib.umich.edu/islamic/ .)

Library Lending Rights at Risk - Library Copyright Alliance Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case, Costco v. Omega

July 8, 2010

The first sale doctrine is an aspect of copyright law that permits libraries to lend books and other materials.  There is some alarm that the right is being eroded in the arena of ebooks - as ebooks are subject to licenses that define whether and how the consumer may transfer or share ebooks.  The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) announced toda

Pamela Samuelson – Google Book Settlement as Copyright Reform

March 11, 2010

Pamela Samuelson, Professor at Berkeley Law School and School of Information, came to the University of Michigan to discuss the Google Book Settlement and its implications for copyright reform. Professor Samuelson said that her talk “explains why certain dysfunctional aspects of U.S. copyright law contributed both to the Google Book Search project and to the settlement of the Authors Guild lawsuit, and why the proposed settlement would achieve some copyright reform, although at a cost that may not be worth paying.” See http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~pam/.

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