Professional ethics, copyright legislation and the case for collective copyright disobedience in libraries

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Pryor-Darnell, Teghan Alexis, Andersen, Nikki and Rowling, Samara. 2019. "Professional ethics, copyright legislation and the case for collective copyright disobedience in libraries." Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association. 68 (2), pp. 146-163. https://doi.org/10.1080/24750158.2019.1608496
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Professional ethics, copyright legislation and the case for collective copyright disobedience in libraries

ERA Journal ID10637
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPryor-Darnell, Teghan Alexis (Author), Andersen, Nikki (Author) and Rowling, Samara (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of the Australian Library and Information Association
Journal Citation68 (2), pp. 146-163
Number of Pages18
Year2019
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN2475-0158
2475-0166
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/24750158.2019.1608496
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24750158.2019.1608496
Abstract

Australian library and information science (LIS) professionals face conflicting legal and ethical obligations in relation to copyright. As law-abiding citizens, they have a legal duty to adhere to the Australian Copyright Act 1968. However, as LIS professionals, they are expected to uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and access of information as outlined by the code of conducts of professional associations such as the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the American Library Association (ALA). This article explores the paradoxical relationship between copyright compliance and LIS’s professional ethics. A comparison between the Australian Copyright Act 1968 and core LIS values reveals that legislative guidelines contradict the aims and principles of the LIS profession. Consequently, a case can be made for collective copyright disobedience within the LIS profession. Collective acts of copyright disobedience such as online piracy and the Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR)’s Cooking for Copyright campaign have influenced major copyright reforms and the advent of new scholarly communication models. Based on these results, it can be argued that collective copyright disobedience by LIS professionals is not only justified, but necessary to fulfilling professional and ethical responsibilities.

Keywordslibrary, freedom, professional ethics, copyright, collective disobedience
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480603. Intellectual property law
461006. Library studies
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