SENATE PASSES BILL TO EASE COPYRIGHTS FOR NET LEARNING

Lisa Livingston (lmlivingston@facstaff.wisc.edu)
Mon, 11 Jun 2001 12:28:29 -0700 (PDT)

Good news! It's official.

Lisa

>From today's Benton Headlines... -ac

SENATE PASSES BILL TO EASE COPYRIGHTS FOR NET LEARNING
Issue: Distance education
Distance learning will get a boost from legislation sponsored by Senators
Leahy and Hatch that will ease copyright restrictions on Internet content
for educational purposes. Senator Leahy said S.487 "will help clarify the
law and allow educators to use the same rich material in distance learning
over the Internet that they are able to use in face-to-face classroom
instruction." There was some resistance to the bill from copyright holders
who claimed the bill was redundant with current copyright laws that support
"legitimate distance-learning activities." But Leahy said the 1999 Senate
Internet-based education commission report demonstrated there is a need for
legislation that is more appropriate to the virtual classroom with
multimedia and digital transmissions. Senator Hatch added, "Moreover, of
utmost significance to the copyright owners, the legislation adds new
safeguards to counteract the risks posed by digital transmissions in an
educational setting. (The) bill imposes obligations to implement
technological protection measures as well as certain limitations relating to
accessibility and duration of transient copies."
[SOURCE: Newsbytes, AUTHOR: Robert MacMillan]
(http://www.newsbytes.com/news/01/166653.html)
Lisa Livingston
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University of Wisconsin/School of Education
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