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News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
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October 7, 2002
Congress Passes the TEACH Act
Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization Act
See American Library Association's TEACH Act Web Site:
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Volume 11, Number 82
October 4, 2002
In This Issue: Good News! Congress Passes the Technology Education and
Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH)
Critical distance education legislation, the TEACH Act, has now passed both
houses of Congress as an amendment to the Justice Department
reauthorization bill (H.R. 5512). According to Senator Leahy the language
of this legislation is identical to that of the Hatch-Leahy TEACH Act that
the Senate passed in June 2001 (CR S9889). ALA has long supported this
version. The President is expected to sign H.R. 5512 soon and the TEACH Act
will go into effect immediately.
The TEACH Act expands face-to-face teaching exemptions in the copyright
law, allowing teachers and faculty to use copyrighted works in the "digital
classroom" without prior permission from the copyright holder. The law is
complex and details numerous responsibilities that must be met before
educational institutions (including their libraries) can benefit from the
The ALA Washington Office has created a TEACH Web site to help members
understand the complexities of TEACH (www.ala.org/washoff/teach.html). In
addition, the Office for Information Technology Policy will offer an e-mail
tutorial on distance education and copyright in the near future.
Watch the Washington Office Web site and ALAWON for more information.
Reminder: Please ask Congressional representatives to co-sponsor fair use
legislation H.R. 5544
Ask your Congressional representatives to co-sponsor the "Digital Media
Consumers' Rights Act" (DMCRA) introduced by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-Va) and
John Doolittle (R-Ca) on October 3rd. The bill number, which was not
published until late yesterday, is H.R. 5544.
See yesterday's ALAWON for more information about this groundbreaking
legislation that will restore fair use.
DMCRA is the first legislation since 1998 to address the rights and needs
of library users, researchers, and consumers who wish to use digital works
or study digital technologies.
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