ARCHIVED: Opposition to H.R. 2281

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Honorable Thomas D. DeLay:

Honorable Richard K. Armey:

We write to you today on behalf of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), an organization that is also a member of the Digital Future Coalition, to express my concern that H.R. 2281 may be placed on the Floor calendar as early as next week even though there remain many controversial and as yet unresolved issues.

AALL has expressed deep concerns with this legislation since it was first introduced, and we have written several letters opposing this bill, some jointly with the Digital Future Coalition. H.R. 2281 does not reflect compromises among the various stakeholders that are necessary to ensure the proper balance between creators, owners and users in the digital age, a balance that has been a hallmark of U.S. copyright law.

Provisions of H.R. 3209, the OSP bill that has been folded into H.R. 2281, fail to address the concerns of the library and educational communities. Additionally, H.R. 2281 ignores the issues of circumvention, fair use, distance learning, preservation and first sale that are critically important to our constituencies.

H.R. 2281 remains a controversial piece of legislation and AALL continues to oppose it. Thank you very much for your prompt attention to this matter.

Robert Oakley
Mary Alice Baish
Washington Affairs Representatives
American Association of Law Libraries