Re: TEACH Act passed

Jeffrey Clark (
Mon, 7 Oct 2002 11:19:44 -0700 (PDT)

The irony didn't escape me either, Jessica. Not to mention the symbolic
devaluation of an education bill this important--which birthed itself out
of need, at the prompting of the Library of Congress Copyright
Office--being subsumed under *anything* else instead of standing on its own.


--On Monday, October 07, 2002 7:42 AM -0700 Jessica Rosner
<> wrote:

> 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.

Jeff Clark
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