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Summary of International Copyright and IP Activities

At the urging of the United States, a new "digital agenda" recently has been added to the range of issues under consideration in a long-running series of negotiations convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Currently, the U.S. is pressing for the early conclusion of international agreements on a number of issues as to which the Congress has yet to legislate and the U.S. copyright community remains deeply divided. In the longer term, this effort to shape global intellectual property policy before achieving domestic consensus could have the unintended consequence of jeopardizing both the U.S. leadership role in the field and the interests of U.S. copyright-related industries and institutions.

pdf summary-intl-ip-2001.pdf

 
 

In the Matter of Promotion of Distance Education Through Digital Technologies (Docket No. 98-12)

Library Association Comments

pdf reply-comments-distance-ed-03mar99.pdf

 
 

"The Copyright Infringement Liability Of On-Line And Internet Service Providers" Joint Testimony Of National Library And Educational Organizations Before The United States Senate Committee On The Judiciary

Testimony by Robert Oakley on behalf of the American Association of Law Libraries and 17 of the nation's other principal educational and library organizations.

pdf oakley-testimony-090497.pdf

 
 

Letter to Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks re: Diplomatic Conference on Certain Copyright and Neighboring Rights Questions (Nov. 20, 1996)

pdf lt-wipo-guzman20nov96.pdf

 
 

Letter to Daniel Tarullo re: concerns regarding the proposed draft treaties under consideration by the World Intellectual Property Organization (W.I.P.O.) (Nov. 19, 1996)

pdf lt-wipo-tarullo-19nov96.pdf

 
 

Intellectual Property: An ARL Statement of Principles

This statement of seven principles adopted by the ARL Membership in May 1994 affirms the rights and responsibilities of the research library community in the area of copyright.

pdf intellectual-property-an-arl-statement-of-principles-1994.pdf

 
 
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