'no corresponding benefit for the public'
i don't think the public has a stake in it except thru the work of
archivists. the primary thrust of either bill is to take care of the
creators. at this point, i would take ACCESS or CLASSICS rather than
Bob Moog tapes
David Lewiston tapes
On Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Tim Brooks <
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> As some of you may know, copyright legislation is being actively
> considered in the U.S. Senate which would be very harmful to archives and
> scholars. The latest estimate is that it will be voted out of the Judiciary
> Committee in about one week.
> However there has been considerable pushback against the portion of the
> Music Modernization Act (S.2823) called the "CLASSICS Act," which would
> give pre-1972 recording rights holders a windfall in the form of streaming
> royalties and even longer copyright terms, with no corresponding benefit
> for the public. Once they get the money, so to speak, there will be no
> reason for rights holders to compromise and allow provisions for
> preservation and access by archives, or establishment of a public domain
> for very old records (there currently is none in the U.S.).
> Senator Wyden of Oregon has introduced a competing bill called the ACCESS
> Act (S.2933) which would grant rights holders royalties AND meet the needs
> of archives and scholars, including establishment of a public domain for
> recordings made more than 95 years ago. But rights holders are fighting
> hard to defeat it. They want everything, with no compromises.
> Equal Citizens, an organization founded by noted copyright attorney
> Lawrence Lessig, and the online library Archive.org, have started a
> petition to urge senators to support ACCESS. Please consider signing it.
> Here is the link:
> If you want to know more about these bills there are explanations online
> and on the Association for Recorded Sound Collections site, at
> Thanks to those ARSC members who have contacted their senator about these
> bills. It means a lot for them to hear from the public.
> Tim Brooks
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