Legislation

Law Professors' Letter on Section 104 Report

In August 2001, the United States Copyright Office missed an opportunity. Under the broad mandate of Section 104 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, it had been open to the Office to inquire widely and reflect deeply on the effects of that legislation and "the development of electronic commerce and associated technology" on some of the basic structural features of the Copyright Act.

pdf ltr-coble-dcma-section-104.pdf

 
 
 

Terrorism: Section by Section Analysis of the USA PATRIOT Act

Analysis of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act, Public Law 107-56, part of the Congressional response to September 11.

pdf patriot-act-analysis-2001.pdf

 
 

Letter to Congress re: Terrorism legislation (Oct. 2, 2001)

Letter from library associations calling on Congress to move cautiously in proposing new laws and regulations aimed at terrorism.

pdf ltr-library-anti-terror-100201.pdf

 
 

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act: Highlights of New Copyright Provision Establishing Limitation of Liability for Online Service Providers

One of the principal provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") is a limitation on the potential money damages that Online Service Providers ("OSPs"), including libraries and educational institutions, could face when they function like a common carrier, allowing online users access to copyrighted material placed there by someone else. Rather than confront huge financial claims if the third party material infringes someone's copyright, OSPs can escape liability provided they comply with these new rules.

pdf dmca-highlights-limitation-of-liability.pdf

 
 
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