ARCHIVED: AALL Copyright Committee Announces Revised Versions of Two Important Documents

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February 8, 2001

The "AALL Guidelines on the Fair Use of Copyrighted Works by Law Libraries" were crafted originally by the special Electronic Fair Use Committee, and adopted by the AALL Executive board in 1997. The Guidelines were intended to provide guidance to law librarians on copying by library staff and by users under fair use and the section 108 library exemption. Jim Heller, chair of the 2000-2001 Copyright Committee, stated that the committee considered it important to update the 1997 Guidelines due to subsequent federal legislation and case law. The 2001 Guidelines can be found on AALLNET at

The "Model Law Firm Copyright Policy," drafted in 1996, has also been updated. The Policy offers suggested procedures regarding complying with copyright law by law firm libraries. The new 2001 Model Policy can be found on AALLNET at