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Statement of Miriam M. Nisbet, H.R. 107, Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act (May 12, 2004)

Testimony urging Congress to support the Digital Media Consumers?? Rights Act.

pdf nisbit-hr107-12may04.pdf

 
 

Testimony of Peter Jaszi on H.R. 107, the Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act (May 12, 2004)

Testimony delivered on behalf of the Digital Future Coalition.

pdf jaszi-testimony-hr107.pdf

 
 

Letter to Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. and W.J. Tauzin re: H.R. 3261, "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" (Jan. 15, 2004)

Letter expressing opposition to the H.R. 3261, entitled "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act."

pdf dbcoalitionletter011504.pdf

 
 

Letter to Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. and W.J. "Billy" Tauzin re: "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" Discussion Draft (Sept. 8, 2003)

Letter from the Net Coalition regarding the "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" ("Discussion Draft" or "Draft"), specifically several provisions that would be unnecessarily punitive to the Internet community but would exceed other similar federal statutes.

pdf lt-netcoalition-databases-08sep03.pdf

 
 

Comments of the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, American Association of Law Libraries, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association Concerning the Proposed United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement

Comments in response to the notice and request for public comments on the proposed United States-Bahrain free trade negotiations (Bahrain FTA), August 25, 2003. These comments address, in particular, chapters that may impact intellectual property rights and services.

pdf ftaa-bahrain-comments-17nov03.pdf

 
 

Comments of the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, American Association Of Law Libraries, and Special Libraries Association Concerning the Proposed United States-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement

Comments in response to the notice and request for public comments on the proposed United States-Dominican Republic free trade negotiations (Dominican Republic FTA), August 28, 2003. These comments address, in particular, chapters that may impact intellectual property rights and services.

pdf ftaa-dominican-comments-03nov03.pdf

 
 

Comments of the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, American Association Of Law Libraries, and Special Libraries Association on the Second Draft Consolidated Texts of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement

Comments in response to the notice and request for public comments on the second draft consolidated texts of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement (FTAA), December 27, 2002. These comments address, in particular, the FTAA chapters on intellectual property rights and services.

pdf ftaa-lib-assoc-comments-nov03.pdf

 
 

Library Community Opposes Bill to Restrict Access to Data [press release]

Speaking on behalf of five of the nation's leading library organization—the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association—Prudence S. Adler, Associate Executive Director, ARL, voiced the opposition of the library community to the recently introduced "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" (H.R. 3261).

pdf hr3261-pressrelease-20oct03.pdf

 
 

Letter to Sam Brownback re: Consumers, Schools and Libraries Digital Rights Management Awareness Act of 2003 (Sept. 24, 2003)

Library association letter endorsing the "Consumers, Schools and Libraries Digital Rights Management Awareness Act of 2003," S. 1621.

pdf drm-awareness-act-2003-endorse.pdf

 
 

Letter to F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. and W.J. Tauzin re: Database and Collections of Information Misappropriations Act (Sept. 9, 2003)

Letter from the Association of American Universities, the American Council on Education, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, concerning the database protection legislation discussion draft "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriations Act."

pdf database-act-letter-09sept03.pdf

 
 

Letter to James Sensenbrenner and W.J. "Billy" Tauzin re: discussion draft database protection bill (Sept. 4, 2003)

Comments from library associations on draft of "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act."

pdf lt-sensen-tauzin-database-04sept03.pdf

 
 

Letter to Tom Ridge re: Homeland Security Information Sharing Act (HSISA) (Aug. 27, 2003)

Letter from interested organizations urging the Department of Homeland Security to give the public an opportunity to comment on procedures that are being developed that may restrict the public dissemination of "homeland security information," including information that is "sensitive but unclassified."

pdf lt-ridge-hsisa-27aug03.pdf

 
 

Letter to Lamar S. Smith re: Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2003 (Jul. 24, 2003)

Letter from library associations expressing concern with certain provisions of H.R. 2517, the "Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 2003."

pdf lt-smith-piracy-deterrence-24jul03.pdf

 
 

Letter to Zoe Lofgren re: Support for the Public Domain Enhancement Act (Jun. 24, 2003)

pdf lt-pub-domain-enhance-act-24jun03.pdf

 
 

Letter to J. Dennis Hastert re: draft Domestic Security Enhancement Act (Apr. 2, 2003)

Letter from interested organizations urging Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert to ensure that the House of Representative follows normal parliamentary procedures when it takes up any new antiterrorism legislation.

pdf lt-hastert-dsea-02apr03.pdf

 
 

How “Patriot Act 2” Would Further Erode the Basic Checks on Government Power That Keep America Safe and Free

Statement from the ACLU regarding the The USA PATRIOT Act, passed by Congress shortly after September 11, 2001.

pdf patriot2analysis.pdf

 
 

Letter to Congress re: Domestic Security Enhancement Act (DSEA) (Mar. 17, 2003)

Letter from public interest organizations expressing opposition to the Domestic Security Enhancement Act (DSEA).

pdf lt-patriot2-dsea-17mar03.pdf

 
 

Letter to Interested Persons re: Section-by-Section Analysis of Justice Department draft “Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003,” also known as “Patriot Act II” (Feb. 14, 2003)

Letter from the ACLU regarding the "Patriot Act II."

pdf aclu-patriot-act-analysis-14feb03.pdf

 
 

Letter to Veronica Steadman re: Technological Protection Systems for Digitized Copyrighted Works (Docket No. 2003-C-006): Higher Education Associations’ and Library Associations’ Statement for the Record (Feb. 4, 2003)

Letter from higher education and library associations to the US Patent and Trademark Office.

pdf lt-steadman04feb03.pdf

 
 

In the Matter of Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems For Access Control Technologies

Reply Comments of Library Associations following public hearings.

pdf noi1201comments27jun00.pdf

 
 

Letter to James Sensenbrenner re: Questions about USA PATRIOT Act (July 26, 2002)

Letter from the Attorney General responding to questions about the USA PATRIOT Act.

pdf lt-patriotresponses-17oct02.pdf

 
 

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

 
 

The Search & Seizure of Electronic Information: The Law Before and After the USA PATRIOT Act

Matrix describing changes to search and seizure of electronic information due to the PATRIOT Act.

pdf patriot-act-search-and-seizure-matrix.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

 
 

Statement of Sharon A. Hogan Before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on S. 803, The E-Government Act of 2001 (Jul. 11, 2001)

Comments on the key provisions of S. 803 that enhance public access to government information.

pdf hogan-testimony-11july01.pdf

 
 

Inquiry Regarding Sections 109 and 117: Reply Comments of the Library Associations

The June 5, 2000, Request for Public Comment inquires about the effects of the amendments made by title 1 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") and the development of electronic commerce and associated technology on the operation of sections 109 and 117 of title 17, United States Code, and the relationship between existing and emerging technology and the operation of those sections. The Libraries would like to address several issues raised by interested parties, as well as respond herein to questions regarding Section 117 of the DMCA.

pdf dmca-section109-comments-05jun00.pdf

 
 

Safeguarding our Patrons' Privacy: What Every Librarian Needs to Know About the USA PATRIOT Act & Related Anti-Terrorism Measures

Notes and agenda from a webcast held on December 11, 2002.

pdf patriot-act-patron-privacy.pdf

 
 

Memorandum re: Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

This memo will address an issue that has arisen regarding interpretation of Section 108(a)(3) of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §108(a)(3), as amended in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 ("DMCA").

pdf dmca-section108-memo-081999.pdf

 
 
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