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AAU, APLU Submit Comments on the US Copyright Office’s Notice of Inquiry on Sovereign Immunity

AAU and APLU today submitted comments in response to the United States Copyright Office’s request for public comment on its forthcoming study on state sovereign immunity in the copyright context. The comments outline the complex and positive role universities play in the copyright ecosystem; existing institutional and external deterrents to copyright infringement at state universities; and the lack of evidence that state universities engage in widespread state copyright infringement. The letter urges Congress to “preserve state sovereign immunity for copyright claims and protect state universities from costly litigation that diverts crucial resources from important societal goods like education, research, outreach, health care, and other public services.”

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