ERIC Number: ED342384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Elimination of Library Reproduction Reporting Equipment. Report To Accompany H.R. 1612. Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, 102nd Congress, 1st Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
Section 108 of the Copyright Act of 1976, Title 17 of the United States Code, spells out conditions under which libraries may photocopy copyrighted works without infringing the rights of their owners. Section 108(i) directs the Register of Copyrights to prepare and file a report every 5 years setting forth the extent to which this section has achieved the intended balancing of the rights of creators and the needs of users. The bill H.R. 1612 simply deletes paragraph (i) of section 108, thereby eliminating this recurring reporting requirement. On April 10, 1991, the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration held an oversight hearing on the Copyright Office. Evidence exists that section 108(i) has fulfilled its purpose of reporting to the Congress about the practical operation of the library reproduction provisions and the experience of copyright owners and users under the law. Additionally, it is estimated by the Congressional Budget Office that enactment of H.R. 1612 would result in savings by the Federal Government of $150,000 over the next 3 years. This report includes the legislative history and background of the bill as well as the proposed changes in the existing law. (DB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Copyright Law 1976