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From: malgosia askanas <>
Subject: Important US Copyright Legislation Pending
Followup-To: alt.activism.d
Date: 16 Jan 1998 18:23:03 GMT

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From: Eric Crump <>

Hope you'll forgive a political msg, but for US folks, the copyright legislation to be considered by Congress soon may have profound implications for scholars, writers, teachers, students -- pretty much everybody in education. Just trying to get the word out...

Looks like this coming session of the US Congress may set the direction for intellectual property/freedom of expression, so now's the time for those of us in the US to convey our views to our representatives, especially while they are in their home districts during the break.

The National Council of Teachers of English and the Conference on College Composition and Communication belong to the Digital Future Coalition, and the DFC is strongly supporting two bills:

  1. Senator John Ashcroft's "Digital Copyright Clarification and Technology Act" (S. 1146) and

  2. Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Tom Campbell (R-CA) "Digital Era Copyright Enhancement Act" (H.R. 3048).
These two bills will protect the future of access to information, to an open exchange of knowledge, to the Internet, and to teaching and research as we know it. These bills balance and correct much more restrictive and punitive legislation that is now being considered in Congress.

Without these bills, we may face a future in which fair use is abolished in the digital era and in which only teachers and students who can afford to "pay-per-browse" can access, quote from, and analyze electronic information.

The DFC is urging all its members to contact their House Representatives, requesting co-sponsorship of H.R. 3048 and their Senators, requesting support for S. 1146. Handwritten letters and personal visits are most effective.

Please consider visiting your representative's local office while Congress is in recess (until Jan 26). And please alert your colleagues and students about this important legislation.

A brief summary of H.R. 3048 appears below; more details are available at the Digital Future Coalition's website,

To find out who represents you in Congress, visit

More details on H.R. 3048 follow:

The Boucher-Campbell Bill, H.R. 3048

What Does It Do? Why Does DFC Support It?

Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Tom Campbell (R-CA) have introduced the only comprehensive bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that will maintain balance in the Copyright Act by preserving for consumers, educators, librarians, researchers, and other Netizens fundamental rights in the digital era. Like a similar bill introduced by Senator John Ashcroft (S. 1146), this comprehensive, balanced bill has the strong support of the DFC. If you agree with us that the House of Representatives should adopt the Boucher-Campbell bill instead of the legislation proposed by the Clinton Administration (H.R. 2281), we encourage you to send an e-mail to your elected Representative in the House. (To contact your Representative, click here to connect to a Library of Congress compilation of e-mail directories--the site also includes a helpful "Who represents me in Congress" section and regular mail addresses.)

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