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Copyright and Digital Distance Education (1999)

In 1998 the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was enacted. In spring 1999, the U. S. Copyright Office conducted public hearings in preparation for recommending changes to the DMCA that would promote distance education through digital technologies. The CCUMC Government Regulations and Public Policy Committee provided comments prior to the hearings, and testimony at the Washington, DC hearing, January 26-27, 1999. At the location above are the committee's pre-hearings comments, the Copyright Office's post-hearings Testimony on Copyright Office Report on Copyright and Digital Distance Education to Congress, and the Report itself, among other documents.

Anticircumvention Rulemaking (2000)

The DMCA, section 1201, provides that "No person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title." The DMCA also provides for a Copyright Office review, every three years, to determine if any "classes of copyrighted works" should be exempted from this provision, because their users "are, or are likely to be in the succeeding 3-year period, adversely affected by virtue of the prohibition in their ability to make noninfringing uses of that particular class of works under this title." The Government Regulations and Public Policy Committee provided testimony at the Washington, DC hearing, May 2-4, 2000. At the location above are the committee's written statement used in testimony, transcripts of the testimony and question-and-answer followup (see transcript for May 3), and the post-hearings Recommendation of the Register of Copyrights and Determination of the Librarian of Congress, among other documents.