ERIC Number: ED456838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun-27
Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2001. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property of the Committee on the Judiciary on S. 487. House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
This document presents the proceedings from a legislative hearing before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives on S. 487, the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2001, popularly known as the TEACH Act. The TEACH Act amends sections 110(2) and 112 of the Copyright Act to facilitate the growth and development of digital distance education. It permits governmental bodies and nonprofit educational entities to engage in the same types of mediated instructional activities found in the traditional classroom via digital distance education, while at the same time, protecting the rights of their markets and potential infringement. An opening statement was given by the Honorable Howard Coble, a representative in Congress from North Carolina, and Chairman of the Subcommittee, followed by a prepared statement of the Honorable Howard L. Berman, a representative in Congress from California. Oral testimonies and prepared statements were given by three witnesses. Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights, was the first witness, and represented the views of the Copyright Office on the TEACH Act. In her statement, Marybeth Peters concluded: as a whole, the package is balanced; it will benefit education in the United States and will not unduly harm copyright owners; and the Copyright Office strongly supports the carefully negotiated compromise reflected in the TEACH Act as passed by the Senate. The second witness was Allan R. Adler, Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs, Association of American Publishers, Inc. (AAP). Allan Adler's statement concluded: from the AAP's perspective, the compromise substantially addresses the publishers' main concerns regarding the revised exemption's potential substitution for sales and exposure of copyrighted works to unauthorized online reproduction and distribution; and the AAP hopes the Subcommittee will heed their urging and suggestion to move the Senate passed version of the TEACH Act through the House process for passage without amendment. The final witness was John C. Vaughn, Executive Vice President, Association of American Universities. John Vaughn's statement concluded that the TEACH Act, as passed by the Senate, will help develop the full potential of online distance education while effectively protecting the interests of copyright owners. A period of questioning followed, with Zoe Lofgren, California, joining. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Access to Information, Copyrights, Distance Education, Educational Resources, Fair Use (Copyrights), Federal Legislation, Information Technology, Instructional Materials, Intellectual Property
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.