Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Notice Of Public Roundtables to Discuss Vital Copyright Issues

Four roundtables are scheduled to be held in: (1) Nashville, TN on May 21, 2014, (2) Cambridge, MA on June 25, 2014, (3) Los Angeles, CA on July 29, 2014, and (4) Berkeley, CA on July 30, 2014. All roundtables will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Requests to participate and observe are due three weeks in advance of each of the respective roundtables on the following dates, by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.: (1) April 30, 2014 for the Nashville roundtable, (2) June 4, 2014 for the Cambridge roundtable, (3) July 8, 2014 for the Los Angeles roundtable, and (4) July 9, 2014 for the Berkeley roundtable. The agendas and webcast information will be available a week before each of the roundtables on the Task Force Web site, and the USPTO's Web site,

The purpose of the planned roundtables is to seek additional input from the public in order for the Task Force to have a complete and thorough record upon which to make recommendations.

Each of the scheduled roundtables will be divided into separate, consecutive, sessions addressing the following topics raised in the Green Paper:

(1) The legal framework for the creation of remixes;
(2) the relevance and scope of the first sale doctrine in the digital environment; and
(3) the appropriate calibration of statutory damages in the contexts of
     (i) individual file sharers and
     (ii) secondary liability for large-scale infringement.
Time will be reserved at the end of each session within each roundtable for observers and viewers to comment upon the topic discussed during the session. While the subject matter will be consistent across each of the four roundtables, the allotted time for each session may vary to accommodate the specific interests of the participants at each location. In order to maximize participation, no formal opening statements or presentations are expected.
The roundtables will focus on (1) the questions set out in the October 3rd Federal Register Notice, 78 FR at 61338-39, (2) the issues raised in the stakeholder comments filed both before and after the Dec. 12 meeting, and (3) points made at the December 12th public meeting. Individuals participating in the roundtables may be posed questions on any of these issues.
Interested parties may request to participate in, or to observe, the roundtable discussions by submitting a request form, available at [1] Participation will entail responding to questions from Task Force members and engaging with other participants, whereas observation will entail listening to, but not participating in, the discussions, although there will be time for observers to comment at the end of the discussion. Parties who wish to attend roundtables in multiple locations should submit a separate request form for each location. When completing request forms, interested parties should identify the particular discussion or discussions they wish to participate in or observe. We will respond to the requests to participate or observe two weeks before the day the roundtable will be held. Please note that the Task Force may not be able to grant all requests but will seek to maximize participation to the extent possible.
Participants and observers should arrive at least one-half hour prior to the start of the roundtable and must present valid government-issued photo identification upon arrival. The Task Force will provide additional information on directions and parking in the agendas for each of the roundtables.
The roundtables will be webcast. A transcription service will also be present. The transcriptions will be made available on both the Task Force and USPTO Web sites after each roundtable.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

DALL Final Community Service Project

As our final community service project of the year, DALL is participating in the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club! See details below for more information on the online book drive we are hosting beginning tomorrow, April 1st.
Please join DALL as we support this year’s Mayor’s Summer Reading Club. Each summer thousands of students across Dallas participate in the free,eight-week summer program that encourages reading and community participation for all ages. Each week participating young club members will have a chance to win an incentive prize by reporting what they read to any Dallas Public Library location. This summer the Reading Club would like to have three of the weekly prizes be a new book for Reading Club reader’s ages 0-18 years.  In order to have the books for each library giveaway, we need your help!
DALL will be hosting an online book drive beginning, April 1 – May 1. Please click on the graphic below which will take you to the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club online donation site. Please select Dallas Association of Law Librarians from the drop down menu and make your donation. Let’s show the Dallas area children who participate in this summer reading club that DALL supports their educational accomplishments!
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For additional information, please contact Jessica Borders at

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

2014 DALL Spring Institute

The 2014 Spring Institute will be held on Friday, April 25th. This year’s location is UNT Dallas College of Law. We have an exciting program which includes an AALL Chapter visit from Katie Brown. We will kick off the day at 11:00 a.m. with a tour of the new UNT Dallas College of Law, a welcome address from the Dean The Honorable W. Royal Furgeson, Jr.,  and lunch, followed by an exciting program.

Karen Dibbles, Public Services Librarian, Dallas County Law Library and Ginger Fearey, Reference Librarian Underwood Law Library, SMU Dedman School of Law.

Blythe McCoy, Library Relations Manager, Thomson Reuters.

Greg Lambert, Director of Library and Research Services, Jackson Walker, and Donna Bostic, Library Manager, Strasburger & Price.

Keynote Speaker: Katie Brown, Associate Dean for Library Services, Charlotte School of Law.

The Big Tent:  How Academic and Court Libraries Serve the Legal Community.
Marketing Research Services in the New Normal.
Solo Provider: Weighing the Pros and Cons.
What are Law Students Learning in Law School Today? The Future of Law Schools.

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

: $25.00

Payment Options
1.       Mail checks to the Treasurer: Dallas Association of Law Librarians, P.O. 130875,   Dallas, TX 75313
2.       Online via DALL’s PayPal account.
3.       Cash, Check, and Credit Card accepted at the door.

UNT Dallas College of Law
Law Library - 6th Floor
1901 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Please RSVP via
DALL Survey Monkey.

Lunch and beverages will be served.

For additional information, please contact Charlotte Thomas at

Friday, March 21, 2014

Possible Elimination of FR and CFR indexes

Possible Elimination of FR and CFR indexes

Please see the following message from Emily Feltren, Director of Government Relations for AALL, and contact her if you have any examples to share.

Hi Advocates—

Last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reported out the Federal Register Modernization Act (HR 4195). The bill, introduced the night before the mark up, changes the requirement to print the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations to “publish” them, eliminates the statutory requirement that the CFR be printed and bound, and eliminates the requirement to produce an index to the Federal Register and CFR. The Administrative Committee of the Federal Register governs how the FR and CFR are published and distributed to the public, and will continue to do so.

While the entire bill is troubling, I most urgently need examples of why the Federal Register and CFR indexes are useful and how you use them. Stories in the next week would be of the most benefit, but later examples will help, too. I already have a few excellent examples from our Print Usage Resource Log – thanks to all of you who submitted entries! But the more cases I can point to, the better.

Interestingly, the Office of the Federal Register itself touted the usefulness of its index when it announced the retooled index last year:

Thanks in advance for your help!
Emily Feltren
Director of Government Relations

American Association of Law Libraries
25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20001

Thursday, March 06, 2014

March DALL Luncheon

The March luncheon will be Wednesday, March 19th at 12 PM. Norton Rose Fulbright is our hosting firm. Our guest speakers are Heidi Reese, Bloomberg BNA Consultant and Rhonda Keaton, Account Manager, Bloomberg BNA. Their presentation will be on "Hot Legal Issues in Cybersecurity & Privacy."   Lunch will be served.
What:    DALL March Luncheon
When:   Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Where:  Norton Rose Fulbright
Time:    Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Norton Rose Fulbright
Morrow Conference Center, Suite 2800
2200 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Please RSVP to DALL Survey Monkey.
Thank you Bloomberg BNA for sponsoring this luncheon.
For additional information, please contact Charlotte Thomas at

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

U.S. Copyright: Study on the "Right of Making Available" and "Communication to the Public"

The United States Copyright Office is undertaking a study at the request of Congress to assess the state of U.S. law recognizing and protecting “making available” and “communication to the public”' rights for copyright holders.  
The Office is requesting public comments on how the existing bundle of rights under Title 17 covers the making available and communication to the public rights, how foreign laws have addressed such rights, and the feasibility and necessity of amending U.S. law to strengthen or clarify our law in this area. The Copyright Office also will hold a public roundtable to discuss these topics and to provide a forum for interested parties to address the issues raised by the comments received. 
DATES: Comments are due on or before April 4, 2014. The public roundtable will be held on May 5, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Possible Changes to U.S. Law

a)     If Congress continues to determine that the Section 106 exclusive rights provide a making available right in the digital environment, is there a need for Congress to take any additional steps to clarify the law to avoid potential conflicting outcomes in future litigation? Why or why not?

b)    If Congress concludes that Section 106 requires further clarification of the scope of the making available right in the digital environment, how should the law be amended to incorporate this right more explicitly?

c)     Would adding an explicit “making available”' right significantly broaden the scope of copyright protection beyond what it is today? Why or why not? Would existing rights in Section 106 also have to be recalibrated?

d)    Would any amendment to the “making available”' right in Title 17 raise any First Amendment concerns? If so, how can any potential issues in this area be avoided? If an explicit right is added, what, if any, corresponding exceptions or limitations should be considered for addition to the copyright law?

If there are any pertinent issues not discussed above, the Office encourages interested parties to raise those matters in their comments.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Resources For Researching & Tracking Patent Trial And Appeal Board (PTAB) Filings

Sponsored by the PLL Intellectual Property Caucus.

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 1-2 PM EST
With the enactment of the America Invents Act came the new Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), replacing the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI). In this program we will review the types of actions now held before the PTAB, key documents, and terminology to aid you in your research.

 Less than a year ago, PTAB filings and decisions (particularly filings) were not easily accessible through most legal research and docket vendors. However, in the past year, multiple vendors with varied focuses have developed numerous new products for document discovery in PTAB filings. We will compare and contrast what these vendors offer - decisions, filings, tracking - and the developments on the horizon.

 Webinar space for this FREE program is limited to the first 100 registrants.  A recording of the webinar and the slides will be made available through the PLL-IP Caucus website.
Speaker: Diana Koppang, Senior Reference Librarian 
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Chicago, IL

Moderator: Sarah Mauldin, Director of Library Services  
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Handheld Librarian Conference

Registration is Open

On February 26th and 27th, 2014, join us for the 9th Handheld Librarian Online Conference (HHLib9) where librarians on the leading edge of our profession share their latest ideas, tools, and strategies.
HHLib9: Encouraging Innovation and Technology, the top online tech conference for librarians, will feature inspiration and how to’s. Take part in sessions that share the wide range of insights and experiences that come with implementing technologies and programs to meet the needs of library users. Drink up the inspiration and information on Wednesday, February 26th and Thursday, February 27th, 2014.
In addition to a featured keynote presentation on meaningful gamification by Scott Nicholson of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and the Because Play Matters Game Lab, the HHLib9 conference will offer presentations on the following range of topics:
  • Try Before You Buy: Beta Technology in Public Libraries
  • Using Augmented Reality in Information Retrieval
  • Social Georeferencing – A Model for Libraries
  • Creating An Infographic Contest at Your Library
  • Put a Badge on it! Badging and Professional Development
We look forward to your participation.  Register today!

Warm regards,
LearningTimes and The HHLib9 Team

DALL February Luncheon

Our February luncheon will be Thursday, February 27th at 12 PM. Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr is our hosting firm. Our guest speaker is Steve Roses, Director of Sales HeinOnline. Steve’s presentation will be on the new and existing HeinOnline libraries, enhancements, and new features. Lunch will be served.
What: DALL Luncheon – HeinOnline
When: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Where: Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Munsch Hardt is located at:
500 North Akard Street
38th Floor
Dallas, TX 75201
Munsch Hardt is located at 3800 Ross Tower, 500 North Akard Street.
Ross Tower Garage (1707 San Jacinto) at the corner of San Jacinto and Paul.
Spurgeon Harris Garage (513 N. Ervay) at Patterson and Ervay, entrances off Patterson and Ervay.
Metered parking is available on Akard and on Ervay.
Please RSVP to DALL Survey Monkey.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

PLI Seminar: Thinking About Changing from 2 to 1 Legal Database (Free Audio-only) January 29th

January 29th, 1-2 PM (EST).

Free audio/webcast seminar by PLI discussing topics:
  • How many legal databases we should provide?
  • Steps selecting one vendor.
  • Reviewing usage content to maximize your vendor contract.
  • What issues you will face after deciding with one vendor?
If this is your first time participating in a webinar, you will need to reister with PLI to sign up for the program. Also, the webcast will be archived at a later date and made available to view/listen for up to one year.

Please register at this link below: