Elimination of Copyright office?

From: Greg MacGowan <Greg.MacGowan[_at_]Law.UC.Edu>
Date: Sun, 15 Sep 1996 19:20:48 -0400

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> ALAWON Volume 5, Number 57
> ISSN 1069-7799 September 13, 1996
> American Library Association Washington Office Newsline
>
> In this issue: (92 lines)
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> SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TAKES UP PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE
> THE LC COPYRIGHT OFFICE: ACTION
> ALERT_________________________________________________________________
>
> SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TAKES UP PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE
> THE LC COPYRIGHT OFFICE: ACTION ALERT
>
> The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing this
> Wednesday, September 18 on a package of largely patent-related
> proposals in the Omnibus Patent Act (S. 1961). The package
> contains a proposal to create a new government intellectual
> property corporation. While ALA has not taken a position on the
> merits of this proposal, we believe that congressional action to
> create such a corporation is premature.
>
> Moreover, the proposal contains a provision which ALA and many
> other library organizations strongly oppose--eliminating the
> Library of Congress' Copyright Office and transfering its
> functions to the new intellectual property corporation. ALA has
> alerted congressional staff that such a move would seriously
> jeopardize the continued expansion of the Library's collection
> and would deprive the legislative branch of the Copyright
> Office's contribution to balanced copyright law.
>
> Reportedly the committee may move to immediately mark up this
> legislation in an effort to move it through the full Senate in
> these last weeks of the 104th Congress.
>
> ACTION ALERT: Members are strongly encouraged to contact the
> members of the Senate Judiciary Committee below to underscore the
> following critical points:
>
> 1. ALA has taken no position regarding patent portion of the S.
> 1961.
>
> 2. It is premature, however, for Congress to create an
> intellectual property organization without ample hearings in the
> next Congress.
>
> 3. If the Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider S. 1961,
> the provisions of the bill, which would eliminate the U.S.
> Copyright Office within the Library of Congress, should be
> completely stricken from the bill.
>
> SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEES MEMBERS:
>
> St. Senator Phone Fax
> (use 202 area code)
> AL Howell Heflin 224-4124 224-3149
> AZ Jon Kyl 224-4521 228-1239
> CA Dianne Feinstein 224-3841 228-3954
> CO Hank Brown 224-5941 224-6471
> DE Joseph R. Biden 224-5042 224-0139
> IA Charles E. Grassley 224-3744 224-6020
> IL Paul Simon 224-2152 224-0868
> MA Edward M. Kennedy 224-4543 224-2417
> MI Spencer Abraham 224-4822 224-8834
> OH Mike DeWine 224-2315 224-6519
> PA Arlen Specter 224-4254 228-1229
> SC Strom Thurmond 224-5972 224-1300
> TN Fred Thompson 224-4944 228-3679
> UT Orrin G. Hatch 224-5251 224-6331
> VT Patrick J. Leahy 224-4242 224-3595
> WI Herb Kohl 224-5653 224-9787
> WI Russell D. Feingold 224-5323 224-2725
> WY Alan K. Simpson 224-3424 224-1315
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Greg S. MacGowan
Assistant Director,
Center for Electronic Text in the Law (CETL) College of Law
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0142

ph: (513) 556-2334
fax: (513) 556-6265
email: Greg.MacGowan[_at_]Law.UC.edu

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