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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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").
Primer on the Digital Millenium: What the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and the Copyright Term Extension Act Mean for the Library Community
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), which is the centerpiece of the legislative strategy for the Clinton Administration and Congressional leaders responsible for copyright bills, was passed in the closing days of the 105th Congress. It is a very complex Act, which generated controversy and left unfinished business in its wake. As a result, high on the list of "must-dos" for the 106th Congress will be issues leftover from the DMCA.
Library OSP Letter to the House and the Senate re: On-line service providers' liability for copyright infringement (Mar. 30, 1998)
Letter from library and higher education organizations thanking Congressional representatives for their attention to assuring that any statute designed to clarify the limit of an on-line service provider's liability for copyright infringement appropriately accommodates the unique nature of libraries.
Testimony Before the U.S. Copyright Office Public Hearing on Distance Education (Feb. 12, 1999)
Comments underscore the need for a change in Section 110(2) "to enable the display and performance of copyrighted works at remote locations at times selected by students" and to ask that "the distinction in current law between types of works that qualify for a distance education performance exemption be eliminated.