ARCHIVED: AALL to Co-Sponsor Videoconference on Copyright

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March 18, 1999

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is joining with several other library associations to sponsor a videoconference that will explore recent changes in copyright law. "Copyright In The New Millennium: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act And Copyright Term Extension" will be held on Friday, May 21, 1999 from Noon - 3:00 p.m. EST.

Changes to copyright law enacted by Congress last year have significant implications for libraries, archives, and institutions of higher education. During 1998, the 105th Congress passed two bills to amend the 1976 Copyright Act: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), intended to update copyright law for the digital age in selected arenas, and the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which gives copyright owners another 20 years of copyright protection for their works.

A distinguished panel of experts, will describe the new laws, discuss the implications for libraries, archives, and educational institutions as they attempt to comply with the new laws, and discuss strategies for the community as it engages in the ongoing studies required by the law and confronts pending database legislation.

AALL welcomes this opportunity to collaborate with the Association of Research Libraries, the American Library Association, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association to bring to our members a high quality educational program on a timely topic using innovative technology.

The registration fee is $350.00 per site if registered by May 5, 1999 and $400.00 afterwards. The registration form is available through the Association of Research Libraries at:

AALL offers two regional educational programs on copyright. These full-day programs are taught by either Lolly Gasaway or Kenneth Crews. For more information on regional educational programming opportunities on copyright and libraries, or the satellite videoconference contact Mary Jawgiel, Education Manager, American Association of Law Libraries (312/939-4764 ext. 24).

The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. For more information, visit AALLNET, the official AALL Web site, at