Getting the facts straight on copyright term and information access

At Inside Higher Education, Amherst College librarian Bryn Geffert has attacked US copyright law in "Information access and the 800-pound gorilla," arguing that there is a disconnect between the public interest and US copyright law because the current copyright statute hinders public access to information. Specifically, Geffert focused most of his attacks on the life-of-the-author-plus-70-years term of US copyright protection, arguing that the sheer length of time that creators are granted exclusive rights to their work under the current law keeps libraries from distributing a wealth of information to the world via the internet.