Re: Elimination of Copyright office?

From: Jaime Angeles <j.angeles[_at_]mail.codetel.net.do>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 1996 07:41:25 GMT

I have not seen the bill, just the comments that you have posted, but in PERU and other latin american countries they are doing very well with only one admnistrative office in Intellectual Property matters, they even have specialized courts inside the institution. INDECOPI in Peru (they are in the Web) is doing a very good work.

It could be premature for this Congress, but I suggest that if the bill is taken serious all the advices from ALA should be taken in order to protect copyright. But try to think about the office for IPR.

Jaime Angeles
j.angeles[_at_]codetel.net.do
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

On 15/9/96, you wrote:
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>> Date: Fri, 13 Sep 1996 18:32:18 -0400
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>> Subject: ALAWON, Vol. 5, #57 (92 lines) ACTION ALERT ON LC COPYRIGHT OFFICE
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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)
>>
>> 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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Received on Tue Sep 17 1996 - 14:25:15 GMT

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