12.0076 copyright (U.S.); job in plagarism software development

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 15 Jun 1998 22:26:10 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 76.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (117)
Subject: Report: June 5 Copyright Hearing

[2] From: fintan culwin <fintan@sbu.ac.uk> (108)
Subject: Job - RA in anti plagiarism

Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 11:07:56 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Report: June 5 Copyright Hearing

June 12, 1998

Commerce Committee Mark-Up Scheduled for June 17

It appears that the hearing on H.R. 2281 last Friday held by the Commerce
Committee and its House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and
Consumer Protection is having a big impact in opening out the debate in the
House about our copyright future.

Below is a good, detailed report from Page Miller on the meeting last Friday.

Many are hoping that the flaws in the the World Intellectual Property
Organization Treaties Implementation Act (H.R. 2281) will be resolved with
language from the Boucher-Campbell Bill (HR 3048).

David Green
>Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 17:15:52 -0400 (EDT)
>From: Page Miller <pagem@CapAccess.org>
>NCC Washington Update, vol. 4, #22, June 11, 1998
> by Page Putnam Miller, Director of the National Coordinating
> Committee for the Promotion of History <pagem@capaccess.org>
>1. House Treasury Appropriations Subcommittee Recommends
> Increases for National Archives and NHPRC in FY'99
>2. National Archives' Space Planning Team Considers
> Regional Facilities
>3. House Subcommittee Hearing on Digital Copyright

>3. House Subcommittee Hearing on Digital Copyright -- On June 5 the House
>Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection held a
>hearing on H.R. 2281, the World Intellectual Property Organization
>Treaties Implementation Act, a bill to update copyright law in the
>digital age. This was a remarkable hearing in that it was held on a
>Friday in June and there was a large audience as well as many
>Representatives present. And even more remarkable, the hearing consisted
>of four hours of testimony and questioning in which the members struggled
>with very complex issues and devoted consideration attention to the
>question of how to maintain the balance between the copyright creators and
>Representative Bill Tauzin (R-LA), the subcommittee chair, made clear in
>his opening statement his commitment to the "fair use" provision of
>copyright law which he said had created a "unique balance" between
>creators and users. Additionally, he said that "As we move this bill, we
>must maintain this delicate balance between the completing sides of this
>debate to ensure that neither flourishes at the other's expense." Later
>in the hearing he spoke eloquently about growing up in rural Louisiana and
>of how much the weekly visits with his mother to the library's bookmobile
>meant to him.
>Of the twelve witnesses the large majority raised questions about the
>chilling impact of H.R. 2281 on innovative technological research and the
>negative implications of this bill for "fair use." The three strongest
>supporters of the bill were representatives of the recording industry,
>the motion picture industry, and the on-line service providers. Robert
>Oakley, Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and the
>Director of the Law Center's Library, spoke on behalf of a coalition of
>library associations and stressed that unless this bill is refined
>"unprecedented and monopoly-like controls over the flow and use of
>information in commerce and society will be granted to the owners of
>information." Charles Phelps, Provost of the University of Rochester,
>spoke on behalf of the Association of American Universities and addressed
>the issues of maintaining "fair use" and of extending the on-line service
>provider liability limitation provisions to include faculty.
>Two concerns informed many of the representatives questions. First, the
>possible unintended consequences of this bill in stifling technological
>innovation. And second, the future impact of the "anti-circumvention"
>provisions on restricting "fair use" access to protected copyrighted
>material. At the hearing, the critics of H.R. 2281 said this legislation
>would create a "pay for view" world in which "fair use" as we now know it
>would be severely diminished. The supporters of the bill saw in the
>future a world of "licensing agreements" that could accommodate the needs
>of schools and libraries. However, since the subcommittee members have no
>crystal ball to see the future, many are interested in trying to refine
>the bill to clarify its intent and to avoid future pitfalls.
>The House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer
>Protection has tentatively scheduled a meeting on June 17 to consider
>their refinements to this bill and to vote on the "mark-up." The Commerce
>Committee is currently negotiating an extension beyond the original
>deadline of June 19 for their consideration of this bill. If an extension
>is secured, the Commerce Committee will probably consider the
>subcommittee's recommended "mark-up" on June 24. If the Commerce
>Committee endorses a different version of H.R. 2281 than that passed by
>the Judiciary Committee then either the two committee chairs will work out
>the differences or the two versions will go to the House Rules Committee
>for their determination of what language would go to the House floor.
>Since this is the first in-depth and substantive discussion of many of
>these issues in the House, it is appropriate to thank the chair and
>ranking minority of the full committee and the subcommittee for their
>attention to the need to refine H.R. 2281. The House Commerce Committee
>Chair is Tom Bliley (R-VA) <tom.bliley@mail.house.gov> and the ranking
>Minority is John Dingell (D-MI) ; The Chair of the House Subcommittee on
>Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection is Billy Tauzin (R-LA)
>and the Ranking Minority is Edward Markey (D-MA).
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Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 10:40:20 +0100
From: fintan culwin <fintan@sbu.ac.uk>
Subject: Job - RA in anti plagiarism




SALARY UP TO #14,373 p.a.

(Temporary appointment for 15 months in the first instance)

South Bank University is a dynamic institution near the heart of London, only
minutes away from the professional, social and cultural facilities of the

The School of Computing Information Systems and Design has an immediate
for a research assistant to work in the field of free text plagiarism

The project will initially develop an administrative mechanism for the secure
collection of word processed student coursework submissions. This will
a corpus that will subsequently be analysed, using a variety of approaches,
in an attempt to determine which techniques for the detection of different
categories of plagiarised submissions seems the most effective.

Applicants should have a good BSc or MSc in a computing discipline and
demonstrated skills in systems engineering. Experience of Internet
CGI, Pearl (or Tcl) Java and HCI would be distinct advantage.

The project will be supervised by Fintan Culwin and Dan Hanley and the
successful candidate will be encouraged to register for a MPhil award.

An application form and further details are available from the Human
Department, South Bank University, Borough Road, London, SE1 0AA. Telephone
0171 815 6223 (24 hour answering service) or email harryla@sbu.ac.uk

Please quote reference: RA/CISE

Closing date for applications: 3 July 1998

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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