Re: TEACH Act passed

Jessica Rosner (
Mon, 7 Oct 2002 07:42:24 -0700 (PDT)

I find it SCARY that this was part of a "justice department reauthorization
bill" In order to expand availability of materials to educators ,it has to
be part of funding for the most anti-free speech Justice Department in
history. These are guys who can now go into libraries, request a users
history and make it ILLEGAL to disclose that they ever asked.
Talk about dancing with the devil
Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

> From: "Bergman, Barbara J." <> > Reply-To: > Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2002 07:26:40 -0700 (PDT) > To: Multiple recipients of list <> > Subject: TEACH Act passed > > > Oct. 4. > 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 > exemptions. > > The ALA Washington Office has created a TEACH Web site to help members > understand the complexities of TEACH > ( 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. > >