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FLICC  Meeting Announcement MA 99-13

The Federal Library and Information Center Committee

1999 FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies

Copyright, Electronic Works, and Federal Libraries: Maintaining Equilibrium=


Join information professionals, government officials, industry leaders, =
and others at the Library of Congress for the 16th Annual FLICC Forum on =
Federal Information Policies.

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 1999

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Place: Mumford Room, Sixth Floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, =
1st and Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC

Metro: Capitol South (Orange and Blue Lines)

Registration: $125=AFFLICC/FEDLINK members; $135=AFFederal non-FEDLINK =
members; $150=AFNon-Federal registrants. Fees include refreshments and =
resource packet. Visit the FLICC Web site at http://lcweb.loc.gov/flicc/fev=
eform.html to register online. (Non-federal registrants, please call =
202-707-4800 for more information.)

Information: Call FLICC (202) 707-4800 for more information. Interpreting =
services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and/or Tactical) =
will be provided if requested five (5) business days in advance of the =
event. For other ADA Accommodations, please contact the Library's ADA =
Coordinator at (202) 707-9948 (TTY) or (202) 707-7544 (Voice).

FORUM CALL

American copyright law seeks a balance between rights and obligations of =
creators and users of intellectual  property to, in the words of the =
Constitution,  "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts." Securing =
exclusive rights to their writings gives authors incentives to continue to =
create, while defining those rights and limiting the period of exclusivity =
protect the interests of readers, who are also potential creators. The =
resulting laws that have grown out of this constitutional foundation have =
led to a level of progress of which the Constitutional Framers could only =
have dreamed.

As the medium for expression evolves from the tangible printed book to =
electronic forms of writing,  these changes stretch familiar concepts and =
threaten the balance between author and reader. The practical limits of =
technology, our social understanding of "intellectual property" and the =
value of information, and our institutional and legal framework seem =
inadequate for the electronic era. The 1999 FLICC Forum on Federal =
Information Policies will address how authors, publishers, readers, =
libra-ries, and the government are working to redistribute rights and =
obligations between authors and readers to restore equilibrium in the =
copyright arena.

The Forum will begin with distinguished speakers from the U.S. Copyright =
Office and the Association of American Publishers who will review the =
principles underlying American copyright law and consider how  the =
electronic age is testing these principles. Next,  the Forum will examine =
the specific challenges to our copyright regime identified in the =
Copyright Office's Project Looking Forward, namely, the new subject =
matter, new uses, and growing potential for decentralized infringement =
characteristic of the electronic medium.

Forces of technology, social and market behavior, policy and law are all =
responsible for the shift in equilibrium and are the very same tools that =
will restore it. The afternoon session will open with an update on how the =
law is being revisited as the new Digital Millennium Copyright Act, other =
legislative initiatives, and the proposal for a new section of the Uniform =
Commercial Code on licenses. Formal changes in the legal framework may =
affect everything from library database services to shrink-wrap licenses =
for mass market software.

These technological and legal changes manifest  themselves throughout =
library operations=AFin technical services, systems, and public services. =
The afternoon session continues by illustrating how concepts such as the =
first sale doctrine, licensing, fair use, and other library, archival, and =
educational exemptions in the copyright law play out in today's collection =
development, acquisitions, resource sharing, and preservation activities. =
An industry speaker will  then identify and explain the technology =
available to  manage copyrighted resources, protect works, assess charges, =
and limit and monitor access.

Afternoon speakers will highlight how government readers and authors must =
accustom themselves to the new electronic intellectual property environment=
, and how to develop a formal agency policy on copyright. Speakers will =
also describe how an agency might carry
out and enforce such a policy and what the policy should include. The =
Forum will then conclude with an in-depth look at one such issue=AFgovernme=
nt Web publishing and the issues it raises, including linking, framing, =
connecting to potentially infringing sites, and securing permissions.

DRAFT OF FORUM AGENDA

Welcome and Introduction--9:00 - 9:10
Susan M. Tarr, Executive Director, FLICC, Library of Congress (LC)
James H. Billington, The Librarian of Congress and Chair, FLICC

LC/FLICC Awards Ceremony--Dr. Billington--9:10 - 9:45
=AFFederal Librarian of the Year
=AFFederal Library Technician of the Year
=AFFederal Library/Information Center of the Year

Break--9:45 - 9:55

Introduction of Key Speakers--9:55 - 10:45
Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office, LC
Patricia Schroeder, President and CEO, Association of American Publishers
=AFAmerican copyright laws and how they are changing in the digital age
=AFIncentive structure balanced between authors/inventors and users
=AFRole for Government amidst these changes
=AFImplications for libraries that are part of the Federal Government

Break--10:45 - 11:00

Electronic Works and the Copyright Balance--11:00 - 11:45
Trotter Hardy, Professor of Law, College of William and Mary School of Law
 =AFProject Looking Forward
=AFElectronic media threaten the equilibrium of our copyright regime
    - new subject matter, new uses, decentralized infringement
=AFSame forces that upset the balance are tools to restore it
    - technology, social attitudes, market  reaction, institutional  =
policies, law
    - framework for understanding how libraries, librarians and users need =
to adapt

Questions and Answers

Lunch--12:00 - 1:00

Introduction to Afternoon--1:00 - 1:05
Winston Tabb, Associate Librarian for Library Services, LC and Chair =
Designate, FLICC

Re-calibrating the  Law--1:05 - 1:30
Robert Oakley, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Georgetown=
 University Law Center
=AFDigital Millennium Copyright Act and other legislative initiatives
=AFUCC Article 2B Licenses

How Library Operations Are Adapting--1:30 - 2:40
=AFHow copyright forces (technology, society and the market, policy and =
law) are/will be affecting libraries behind the scenes

Building and Maintaining a "Collection"
Laura N. Gasaway, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, =
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
=AFAcquisitions - first sale doctrine, licensing
=AFResource sharing - ILL, document delivery, consortia
=AFPreservation - =A7108 library/archives exemptions (differentiated from =
=A7107 fair use)

Using Technology to Manage Copyrighted Resources
William Arms, Vice President, Corporation for National Research Initiatives=

=AFRightsholder perspective
=AFCopyright protection systems; access management systems

Questions and Answers

Break--2:40 - 2:55

How Librarians and Library Patrons Must Adapt--2:55 - 4:00
=AFHow copyright forces are changing the way public services librarians =
serve readers and authors

Providing Guidance - An Agency Policy on Copyright
=AFWhy have a policy? Benefits of having a policy and consequences of not =
having one; the library's role
=AFTopics the policy should cover; formation (process, stakeholders); =
implementation, enforcement; examples (CENDI)

Web Publishing - Government Websites and Copyright
Melissa Smith Levine, Legal Advisor, National Digital Library Program, LC =
(invited)
=AFWeb publishing - linking, framing, connecting to infringing sites, =
government implications
=AFGovernment authors - using copyrighted materials; permissions; =
brokering.

Questions and Answers, Adjourn