Jason Mazzone’s book Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property is due out from the Stanford University Press in 2009. Mazzone’s 2006 article on the topic erred in suggesting that most libraries and archives claim copyright (rather than contractual rights) over the use of images from its collection. Nevertheless, Mazzone’s indictment of the practices of cultural institutions is powerful. Libraries, archives, and museums will need to have reasonable practices in place if they wish to avoid criticism when the book does appear.
On Copyfraud see in this weblog