Copyright-related news

Oksana Dykyj (oksana@vax2.concordia.ca)
Thu, 21 Dec 2000 13:36:38 -0800 (PST)

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Hello all, I thought I'd pass this along to you. It's from a regular=20
newsletter by lawyer Lesley Ellen Harris.

Oksana

U.S. COMMISSION REJECTS MANDATORY INTERNET FILTERS IN SCHOOLS =AD A
U.S. commission established under the Child Online Protection Act
has rejected the use of mandatory filtering software in schools
and libraries. The filtering software is designed to filter out
such things as pornographic material while searching for
information on the Internet. Although the commission did not
recommend mandatory use of filtering software, it did recommend
that the technology could be improved and that government should
encourage the use of filters to protect children using the
Internet.

DIPLOMATIC CONFERENCE ON THE PROTECTION OF AUDIOVISUAL
PERFORMANCES =AD The World Intellectual Property Organization
diplomatic conference on the protection of audiovisual
performances is currently being held in Geneva, until December
20. The aim of the international negotiations is to conclude a
treaty to safeguard the rights of performers against unauthorized
use of their work in audiovisual media. The conference is
considering issues such as reproduction, distribution and moral
rights of performers. See: http://www.wipo.org
<http://www.wipo.org/> .

U.S. ANTI-CIRCUMVENTION RULING AGAINST LIBRARIES =AD The
anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act ("DMCA") prohibits circumvention of access control
technologies employed by or on behalf of copyright owners to
protect their works. Specifically, subsection 1201(a)(1)(A)
provides that "No person shall circumvent a technological measure
that effectively controls access to a work protected under this
title". This provision became effective on October 28, 2000.
However, before becoming effective, the Librarian of Congress
conducted a rulemaking proceeding to determine whether there are
particular classes of copyright works to be exempt from the
prohibition. This determination is effective for three years. The
Librarian of Congress ruled that only two kinds of exceptions
from this provision would be allowed, one for malfunctions and
one to determine which sites are blocked by filtering software.
The library community feels that this determination is misguided
and results in an unwarranted narrowing of fair use to digital
media. See: http://www.loc.gov/copyright/fedreg/65fr64555.html
and http://www.ala.org/washoff/Rulemaking.PDF.

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Oksana Dykyj voice: 514-848-3443
Head, Visual Media Resources fax: 514-848-7622
Instructional & Information Technology Services
Concordia University
LB-805-1, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W,
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3G 1M8
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Hello all, I thought I'd pass this along to you. It's from a regular newsletter by lawyer Lesley Ellen Harris.

Oksana

U.S. COMMISSION REJECTS MANDATORY INTERNET FILTERS IN SCHOOLS =AD A
U.S. commission established under the Child Online Protection Act
has rejected the use of mandatory filtering software in schools
and libraries. The filtering software is designed to filter out
such things as pornographic material while searching for
information on the Internet. Although the commission did not
recommend mandatory use of filtering software, it did recommend
that the technology could be improved and that government should
encourage the use of filters to protect children using the
Internet.

DIPLOMATIC CONFERENCE ON THE PROTECTION OF AUDIOVISUAL
PERFORMANCES =AD The World Intellectual Property Organization
diplomatic conference on the protection of audiovisual
performances is currently being held in Geneva, until December
20. The aim of the international negotiations is to conclude a
treaty to safeguard the rights of performers against unauthorized
use of their work in audiovisual media. The conference is
considering issues such as reproduction, distribution and moral
rights of performers. See: http://www.wipo.org
<http://www.wipo.org/> .

U.S. ANTI-CIRCUMVENTION RULING AGAINST LIBRARIES =AD The
anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act ("DMCA") prohibits circumvention of access control
technologies employed by or on behalf of copyright owners to
protect their works. Specifically, subsection 1201(a)(1)(A)
provides that "No person shall circumvent a technological measure
that effectively controls access to a work protected under this
title". This provision became effective on October 28, 2000.
However, before becoming effective, the Librarian of Congress
conducted a rulemaking proceeding to determine whether there are
particular classes of copyright works to be exempt from the
prohibition. This determination is effective for three years. The
Librarian of Congress ruled that only two kinds of exceptions
from this provision would be allowed, one for malfunctions and
one to determine which sites are blocked by filtering software.
The library community feels that this determination is misguided
and results in an unwarranted narrowing of fair use to digital
media. See: http://www.loc.gov/copyright/fedreg/65fr64555.html
and http://www.ala.org/washoff/Rulemaking.PDF.

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Concordia University
LB-805-1, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W,
Montreal, Quebec
Canada  H3G 1M8
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