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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Klinger" <[log in to unmask]>
> The following message has been posted by the Outreach Committee of the
> Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC).
>
> --- 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 is backing the proposal for a
> Copyright Office study; and the International Association of Jazz Record
> Collectors, the Music Library Association, the Society for American Music,
> and the Society of American Archivists have each voted to endorse all five
> of the ARSC reform proposals, which can be found at
> http://www.arsc-audio.org/copyright-recommendations.html
>
> Following is additional information on the organizations currently
> supporting ARSC copyright initiatives.
>
> The American Library Association (www.ala.org) is the oldest and largest
> library association in the world, with approximately 65,000 members in
> academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. Its mission 
> is
> to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of
> library and information services and the profession of librarianship in
> order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. The 
> ALA
> maintains an office in Washington to represent libraries on Capitol Hill.
>
> The Association of Moving Image Archivists (www.amianet.org) is a 
> nonprofit
> professional association established to advance the field of moving image
> archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations
> concerned with the acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition, and
> use of moving image materials. Moving images include film, television,
> video, and digital formats. AMIA advocates for the acknowledgement of 
> moving
> images as important educational, historical, and cultural resources.
>
> The International Association of Jazz Record Collectors (www.iajrc.org),
> which describes itself as "a meeting ground for jazz record collectors of
> all persuasions," was founded in 1964 to encourage collecting and 
> research;
> advance the cause of jazz music by creating more recognition of the great
> jazz musicians; improve communications between and among collectors,
> dealers, musicians, and the public; and sponsor publications, recordings,
> and conferences dedicated to jazz music.
>
> The Music Library Association (www.musiclibraryassoc.org) is the
> professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the 
> United
> States. It has an international membership of librarians, musicians,
> scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. The MLA's
> purpose is to promote the establishment, growth, and use of music 
> libraries;
> to increase efficiency in music library service and administration; and to
> promote the profession of music librarianship.
>
> The Society for American Music (www.american-music.org) was founded in 
> 1975
> to stimulate the appreciation, performance, creation, and study of 
> American
> music in all its diversity, and the full range of activities and
> institutions associated with that music. "America" is understood to 
> embrace
> North America, including Central America and the Caribbean, and aspects of
> its cultures everywhere in the world.
>
> Founded in 1936, The Society of American Archivists (www.archivists.org) 
> is
> North America's oldest and largest national archival professional
> association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational
> needs of more than 5,000 individual and institutional members and to 
> provide
> leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records 
> of
> historical value.
>
For what it's worth...you can also add Steven C. Barr...
Who owns over 50,000 original 78 rpm records, and as well is the compiler
of "The (Almost) Complete 78rpm Record Dating Guide"...one of the standard
reference works among 78rpm record collectors and researchers...!

Steven C. Barr