Compact Copyright: Quick Answers to Common Questions

ALA. Sept. 2021. 176p. ISBN 9780838937563. pap. $54.99. PRO MEDIA
Benson (copyright librarian, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) brings comprehensive professional expertise to bear on copyright, an often fraught and confusing subject. The book really is, as Benson says, “like having an at-your-fingertips copyright expert sitting by your side.” The volume is expertly organized into easily navigable chapters, such as “Face-to-Face Teaching Versus Public Performance Rights” and “Making Copies for Preservation.” Each chapter is organized into four sections for ease of use: “The Law,” “Discussion of the Law,” “Common Scenarios,” and “Tools & Resources.” The guide will be especially pertinent for those encountering copyright issues for the first time, due to circumstances arising from the pandemic. It covers everything from online classes (can a professor show a full-length movie to their online class?) to reserves (can the library scan a book and put it on electronic reserve?) to providing access to students with disabilities (can the library add closed captions to a movie?).
VERDICT Librarians will find value in this work, whether they treat it as a reference or read it cover to cover. Though geared toward academic and public librarians, it will benefit any information professional faced with copyright questions.
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