And in Other Advocacy Efforts….
SAA’s Council recently approved actions on several issues of importance
to archives and archivists:
- Sent a letter to the editor of the New York Times in support of
Archivist of the US Weinstein’s decision to place a moratorium on reclassification
of NARA records that previously had been released to the public.
- Agreed to join an amicus curiae brief before the California Supreme Court
on a case that could set a precedent for indefinite liability of archives
and libraries for potentially libelous statements in oral histories.
- Submitted an application (prepared by SAA’s Intellectual Property Working
Group) to participate in a public roundtable to address proposed changes
to Section 108 of the Copyright law, which grants libraries and archives
an exemption to make copies for preservation purposes.
- Signed on to Congressional testimony on
a proposal to amend Copyright law to address rights to “orphan works” (ie,
those for which the owner cannot be identified or located).