Projects and Initiatives
In the fall of 2011, the University of Michigan Library received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Studies (IMLS). The grant runs from December 2011 to November 2014 and is awarded for (1) the development and deployment of the CRMS-World system, and (2) for the continued performance of the Copyright Review Management System (CRMS) originally funded by IMLS (2008-2011).
In 2008, the University of Michigan Library was awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create a Copyright Review Management System (CRMS). The purpose of the project is to increase the reliability of copyright status determinations of books published in the United States from 1923 to 1963 in the HathiTrust Digital Library, and to help create a point of collaboration with other institutions. Hundreds of thousands of books were published in the United States between 1923 and 1963, and although many of these are likely to be in the public domain, individuals must manually check their copyright status to make a determination. If a work is not in the public domain, it cannot be made accessible online. The system will aid in the process of making vast numbers of books from this period available online to the general public.
With the support and endorsement of the Provost's Office, the University of Michigan Library joined the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE) to promote scholarly publication in OA journals by University of Michigan scholars. In October 2012 the University Library launched a COPE Fund to support and encourage open access publishing at the University of Michigan. This pilot effort was a 2-year funding commitment which ended in March 2012.
The Orphan Works Project is being led by the Copyright Office of the University of Michigan Library to identify orphan works. Orphan works are books that are subject to copyright but whose copyright holders cannot be identified or contacted. Our immediate focus is on digital books held by HathiTrust, a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.
Copyright Camp is a summer event that takes a light-hearted approach to copyright education. It has taken various forms over the years. Its keynotes have featured Jessica Litman (2010), Deborah Wythe (2011), Michael Carroll (2013), and Katherine Spelman (2016). For more information about the upcoming event, see Copyright Camp 2017.
Responses to Notices of Inquiry
- Study on the Moral Rights of Attribution and Integrity (Docket No. 2017-2), Reply Comment, May 15, 2017 (PDF)
- Mandatory Deposit of Electronic Books and Sound Recordings Available Only Online (Docket No. 2016-3), August 18, 2016 (PDF)
- Mass Digitization Pilot Program; Request for Comments (Docket No. 2015–3), U.S. Copyright Office, October 8, 2015 (PDF)
- Orphan Works and Mass Digitization: Response to Notice of Inquiry (77 F.R. 204) (Docket No. 2012-12), US Copyright Office, February 1, 2013. (ABA) (PDF). Prepared by ABA Copyright Policy working group chaired by Melissa Levine; submitted by Joseph M. Potenza, Section Chair, American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law.
- Orphan Works and Mass Digitization: Response to Notice of Inquiry (77 F.R. 204) (Docket No. 2012-12), US Copyright Office, February 4, 2013 (PDF). Comments of Paul N. Courant prepared with support of UM Copyright Office regarding orphan works, mass digitization, and copyright.
- Notice of Inquiry and Request for Comments, Docket No. RM 2-11-7 (PDF), Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies, November 29, 2011
- Response to Inquiry on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Internet Economy. Docket # 100910448-0448-01, Patent and Trademark Office, NTIAA, November 19, 2010.
- Coordination and Strategic Planning of the Federal Register Effort Against Intellectual Property Infringement: Request of the Intellectual Property Coordinator for Public Comments Regarding the Joint Strategic (DOCID: fr23fi10-127) (PDF), March 23, 2010.
- Request for Public Comment on Public Access Policies for Science and Technology Funding Agencies Across the Federal Government, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (PDF), January 4, 2010 (Paul Courant to Diane DiEuliis)
- University of Michigan Responses to House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property “Survey of Network and Data Integrity Practices,” April 27, 2007.