16.251 U.S. Congress passes fair-use act (TEACH)

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 251.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 06:47:17 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: Congress Passes the TEACH Act

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    October 7, 2002

                              Congress Passes the TEACH Act
                 Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization Act

                See American Library Association's TEACH Act Web Site:

    >Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2002 15:35:10 -0400
    >From: "ALAWASH E-MAIL" <ALAWASH@alawash.org>
    >To: ALA Washington Office Newsline <ala-wo@ala1.ala.org>
    ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline
    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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