Fwd: fyi: chron of higher ed: copyright

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Fri, 27 Sep 2002 11:49:52 -0700 (PDT)

>Friday, September 27, 2002
>House Members Approve Language Easing Some Copyright Rules for Online Courses
>Language that members of Congress added to an appropriations bill that
>passed the House of Representatives on Thursday would make it easier for
>professors to use more kinds of copyrighted works in online courses.
>The legislation would amend the Copyright Act of 1976 so that
>online-education instructors could use recordings of dramatic literary and
>musical works -- such as plays, musicals, and operas -- without seeking
>permission from the copyright owners. Under current law, only nondramatic
>literary and musical works can be used in such courses without permission.
>The language was originally part of S 487, a bill called the Technology
>Education and Copyright Harmonization Act, or TEACH Act. The bill passed
>the Senate last year and received approval from the House Judiciary
>Committee in July.
>A House Judiciary Committee staff member said House members decided to add
>that act's language to the Department of Justice Appropriations
>Authorization Act, HR 2215, which provides money for the Justice
>Department for another year.
>The Justice Department appropriations bill passed the House on Thursday by
>a vote of 400 to 4.
>Although S 487 has already passed the full Senate, a conference committee
>of the two chambers will have to decide whether to keep the language in
>the appropriations bill. The House and Senate will then vote on the
>appropriations bill again before it is sent to President Bush for his
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Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley