15.100 copyright in U.S. Senate

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 100.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 18:49:43 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: Senate Passes Bill Extending Copyright Exemption to
    Online Courses

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    June 18, 2001

          Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2001, S. 487,

    >Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 08:24:50 -0400
    >>From: Eric Schnell <schnell.9@osu.edu>
    >To: Multiple recipients of list <cni-copyright@cni.org>

         The bill, known as the Technology, Education, and Copyright
    Harmonization Act, S. 487, was approved on Friday. If an identical bill
    makes it through the House and is signed by President Bush, it would
    extend the existing copyright exemption for classroom use of "dramatic
    literary and musical works" -- such as movie clips and popular songs -- to
    nonprofit distance-education courses.


    >From: "Bruce Craig" <rbcraig3@juno.com>
    >Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 20:19:34 +0800
    >Subject: [NCCmailings] NCC WASHINGTON UPDATE, Vol7, #24, June 15, 2001

    NCC WASHINGTON UPDATE, Vol. 7, #24, June 15, 2001
    by Bruce Craig <rbcraig3@juno.com> of the National Coordinating Committee
    for the Promotion of History

    1. House Appropriation Committee Acts: Flat Funding for Endowments -
    Greater Scrutiny Over Smithsonian Programs
    2. OAH Sends Letter to Smithsonian Regents
    3. Senate Passes Copyright Harmonization Act
    4. House Passes National Historic Trail Study Acts
    5. Legislation Introduced: Mississippi Valley NHP
    6. Report: Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress Meeting
    7. News Bits and Bytes: Desegregation Theme Study Released

    By voice vote on June 8, 2002, the United States Senate passed legislation
    (S.487) the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2001.
    The objective of the bill (along with its House companion legislation -
    H.R. 2100 introduced by Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA)) is to make it
    easier to use copyrighted material in online instruction. The bill
    incorporates the recommendations made by the United States Copyright Office
    in a 1999 report and suggestions advanced by the Congressional Web-based
    Education Commission. If approved by the House and signed by the President,
    the legislation would extend for classroom use "dramatic literary and
    musical works" - such as movie clips and popular songs to nonprofit
    distance-education courses.

    Under current law, copyrighted material used under "fair use" provisions in
    a classroom often cannot be used in an online course and securing copyright
    permission can be a lengthy and at times expensive process. The legislation
    is designed to correct this. Presently, distance educators can only make
    fair use of complete versions of non-dramatic literary and musical
    works. This legislation seeks to enable educators to use limited portions
    of dramatic literary and musical works as well as audiovisual works and
    sound recordings. The legislation relies on safeguards (such as passwords)
    to ensure that only students have access to the copyrighted material.
    On March 13, 2001, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the
    legislation introduced March 7 by Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman of the
    Committee and co-sponsored by the Committee's then Ranking Democrat,
    Patrick Leahy (D-VT). With the Democrats now in control of the Senate, the
    Vermont Senator now sits as Chairman of the Committee. Testifying in
    support of the measure were representatives of educational institutions
    that provide distance education for students worldwide. The Association of
    American Publishers testified in opposition to the bill, but the
    Association's objections were addressed when the bill's language was
    narrowed to protect the copyright holders while allow

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