ARCHIVED: Join AALL President Judy Meadow's Lead on Postcard Campaign!

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Time is running out, and we still need additional co-sponsors for S. 1146, the "Digital Copyright Clarification and Technology Education Act" introduced by Sen. John Ashcroft (R-MO), and H.R. 3048, the "Digital Era Copyright Enhancement Act" introduced by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Tom Campbell (R-CA).

Rep. Rick Boucher recently advised us that one of the most effective ways for constituents to lobby a member of Congress is by writing a short, personal note on a postcard. It's as easy as 1-2-3!

On February 26, 1998, the House Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property reported favorably on H.R. 2281, the Administration's bill to implement the World Intellectual Property Organization's treaties. While AALL supports passage of the WIPO treaties, we strongly oppose H.R. 2281 because it fails to maintain balance between creators, owners and users in the digital age and would jeopardize the future of fair use and the public's access to electronic information.

S. 1146 and H.R. 3048 provide a comprehensive and balanced approach to updating the copyright law to promote the American public's access to electronic information through the Internet and to ensure that digital information will be preserved for future generations.

The messages are very simple:

  • Ask your Senators to co-sponsor S. 1146 TODAY.
  • Ask your Representative to oppose H.R. 2281 and to co-sponsor H.R. 3048 TODAY.

SAMPLE POSTCARD MESSAGES FOLLOW,
FOCUSING SPECIFICALLY ON
FAIR USE, DISTANCE LEARNING
AND PRESERVATION.
 
 
Fair Use:
(Remember: Message to the House should include opposition to H.R. 2281)
Honorable Rick Hill
United State House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-2601

Dear Representative Hill,

As Director of the State Law Library of Montana and President of the American Association of Law Libraries, I urge you to call Chairman Henry Hyde of the House Judiciary Committee to express your opposition to H.R. 2281. That flawed bill to implement the WIPO copyright treaties could stymie the future of fair use and the public's access to electronic information. I urge you instead to co-sponsor the Digital Era Copyright Enhancement Act (H.R. 3048) today. Passage of this bill is necessary to allow students, researchers, scientist and others to make limited fair use of copyrighted digital works for educational, research and other beneficial purposes.

Sincerely,
Judy Meadows
(406/444-3660)


Distance Learning: 
Honorable Conrad R. Burns
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510-2603

Dear Senator Burns,

As Director of the State Law Library of Montana and President of the American Association of Law Libraries, I urge you to co-sponsor the Digital Copyright Clarification and Technology Act (S. 1146) today. Passage of this bill is necessary to preserve the balance between protecting intellectual property rights and providing public access to electronic information. The bill's strong provisions supporting distance education, so important to the citizens of Montana, will ensure that our schools and universities are able to make optimum use of digital technologies to improve education in our state in exciting new ways.

Sincerely,
Judy Meadows
(406/444-3660)


Preservation: 
Honorable Max Baucus
United State Senate
Washington, DC 20510-2602

Dear Senator Baucus,

As Director of the State Law Library of Montana and President of the American Association of Law Libraries, I urge you to co-sponsor the Digital Copyright Clarification and Technology Act (S. 1146) today. The bill protects limited fair use of digital information by students, researchers, scientists and others for educational and research purposes, and promotes the public's access to electronic information through the Internet. The bill is important to the citizens of Montana because it permits libraries and other institutions to use digital technology to make preservation copies of deteriorating books, photographs and manuscripts so that our state and national heritage are not lost for future generations.

Sincerely,
Judy Meadows
(406/444-3660)


Thank you in advance for your support in getting additional co-sponsors for these two pro-consumer, pro-library bills! It's wonderful to know that we can count on the membership of AALL to take the lead in such an important endeavor.

Judy Meadows
AALL President and

Bob Oakley
AALL Washington Affairs Representative