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Press Release: ALA endorses ARSC sound recording copyright reform proposal

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Tim Brooks <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 1 Aug 2008 22:01:35 EDT

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August 1, 2008 
Contact: Tim Brooks 
Chair, Copyright & Fair Use  Committee 
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American Library  Association is the sixth major organization 
to endorse ARSC proposal  for sound recording copyright reform 
The Council of the  65,000-member American Library Association has voted to 
endorse the Association  for Recorded Sound Collections proposal that Congress 
direct the U.S. Copyright  Office to conduct a study on the desirability of 
bringing sound recordings made  before 1972 under federal jurisdiction. Such a 
study would be the first step  toward realizing the first of ARSC’s five major 
recommendations for sound  recording copyright reform, to remove pre-1972 
recordings from state control and  place them under a single national law that 
provides for a public domain, fair  use, and preservation exemptions for 
libraries and  archives. 
Wording for legislation to  authorize the study has been prepared by ARSC and 
presented to the House  Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual 
Property. It is being  co-sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Rep. 
Steve Chabot  (R-OH). 
Five other organizations  have also endorsed some or all of the ARSC 
proposals, which are designed to  encourage preservation of and access to historical 
recordings, a majority of  which are currently inaccessible due to state laws, 
while respecting the  legitimate interests of rights holders. The Association 
of Moving Image  Archivists (AMIA) is backing the proposal for a Copyright 
Office study; and the  International Association of Jazz Record Collectors 
(IAJRC), the Music Library  Association (MLA), the Society for American Music (SAM)  
and the Society of American Archivists  (SAA) has each voted to endorse all 
five of the ARSC reform proposals, which can  be found at 
_http://www.arsc-audio.org/copyright-recommendations.html_ 
(http://www.arsc-audio.org/copyright-recommendations.html) .



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