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Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 18:27:28 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 367.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (12)
Subject: Standards for Web-Based Learning and ALN

[2] From: "Dennis S. Karjala" <karja003@tc.umn.edu> (75)
From: Maurizio Oliva <oliva@denison.edu> (4)
Subject: Copyright Term Extension (fwd)

[3] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu> (78)
Subject: EMLS 3.2 now available

Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 11:57:43 -0400
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Standards for Web-Based Learning and ALN

October 23, 1997

(The Future of Distance Education)

A reminder that as part of the ALNTalk network, a free, moderated
discussion is currently taking place on asynchronous instructional
As these really are the heart of the future of distance education, many
here might be interested in following and participating in this

David Green

From: campbejo@ctrvax.vanderbilt.edu
To: david@cni.org
Subject: Standards for Web-Based Learning and ALN
Date:Mon, 20 Oct 1997 10:38:07 -0600

You are invited to join our new discussion:
Standards for Web-Based Learning and ALN

The free, moderated discussion will take place October 20
to November 2, 1997 as part of ALNTalk. ALN stands for
Asynchronous (anytime/any place) Learning Networks.

You can join the discussion by accessing


Here is message from the Forum Moderator:

The "Standards for Web-Based Learning and ALN" thread will
include discussion of

- efforts to standardize asynchronous instructional systems
- existing ALN systems and work in progress
- ways to achieve standardization.

We will also discuss ways standards could improve (1) access
to authoring tools for instructors, (2) the quality of access
to and the diversity of instructional domains, (3) methods of
payment to instructors, and (4) the size of markets for
software makers. Furthermore, disadvantages of standards
as well as critiques of the progress of current ALN
standardization efforts and both successful and unsuccessful
standardization efforts in related areas will also be topics
for discussion.

ALNTalk is a free conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks.
An expert in the field moderates each forum for two weeks.
Previous forums remain active, but are not moderated.

To remove your name from the list, send email to
and include your email address to which this announcement
was sent.

This ALNTalk forum is moderated by

James Salsman, Systems Analyst and Web Programmer
email: james@bovik.org

If you are already participating in ALNTalk, you will need
to select "Options" and click on the new forum to add it to
the list of forums you can view.

ALNTalk is part of the ALN Web, which provides a free online
journal, magazine, review of work in ALN, pointers to workshops
and conferences, and related resources. You can find the ALN Web at


We express appreciation to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,
which underwrites the ALN Web.


J. Olin Campbell and John R. Bourne
.. . . for the ALN Web

Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 15:13:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: Maurizio Oliva <oliva@denison.edu>
Subject: Copyright Term Extension (fwd)

Maurizio Oliva, Director, Multimedia Language Lab, Denison University
Fellows 302, Granville, OH 43023, O (614) 587-6684, F 587-6417, H 235-9618
oliva@denison.edu http://www.denison.edu/mll
= Reproduction allowed, integrity required =
---------- Forwarded message ----------

Date: Thu, 23
Oct 1997 12:09:07 -0500
From: "Dennis S. Karjala" <karja003@tc.umn.edu>
Subject: Copyright Term Extension

Historians, biographers, archivists, and scholars generally should be
aware that Congress is again considering action on a piece of welfare
legislation that will cost the U.S. public and the academic communities
dearly. This is the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1997 (S.505,
introduced by Senator Hatch, and H.R. 2589, which has already moved
unanimously out of the House Subcommittee and been referred to the
entire House Judiciary Committee). These bills would add 20 years to
the term of copyright protection for all works--not just those created
after adoption of the bills but even those already in existence. This
would include books, music, and films from the 1920's of great
historical and cultural significance that otherwise are about to enter
the public domain.

This public-domain-robbing legislation would also add 20 years to the
term of protection for old, previously unpublished letters, diaries, and
other works that get published prior to the year 2003. Under CURRENT
law, these old works are protected by copyright until 2003, and if
published before that year they remain protected until 2028. For
example, I have recently heard from a correspondent that Indiana
University has placed on line published a number of papers dating back
to 1789 or perhaps even earlier, not previously published, that
represent "a major advancement to ease the work of research." By virtue
of their on-line publication, these papers will remain
copyright-protected until the year 2028. If the current legislation
passes, they will remain protected until 2048! Whether or not Indiana
University infringed anyone's copyright in placing the papers on line
(that depends on whether the University had permission or, if not,
whether it was a "fair use"), any subsequent use of these research
materials would be an infringement if copies are made or distributed
without permission of the copyright owners--whoever and wherever they

The proposed legislation is no more than a welfare measure to those
persons who own copyrights on old works--a wealth transfer imposed on
the American public for the benefit of large corporations (like Disney,
whose copyright on Mickey Mouse has only a decade or so to run) and
descendants of creative authors like George Gershwin or Oscar
Hammerstein II. Schools that wish to publicly perform plays and music,
archivists who wish to restore lost or forgotten works, scholars and
creative artists who wish to use these cultural building blocks in
creating new works, and the U.S. public in general through its royalty
payments will foot a very heavy bill. New creativity and scholarship
will suffer badly and irretrievably.

Excessive copyright terms hurt the general public but feather the nests
of copyright interest groups, who actively contribute to congressional
campaigns--especially the campaigns of members of the two Judiciary
Committees, which deal with intellectual property legislation.
Scholars, librarians, educators, and consumer advocates are worn out
with the continuous assault on the public domain. As Congress moves
toward taking yet another big bite out of the public domain, the
territory lies virtually undefended. It will pass unless a true public
interest spirit is instilled in enough voices to make Congress listen.

Please circulate this message among your colleagues and impress upon
them that the time for action is now. Letters and email must start
pouring in to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and to others
in Congress, if this thing is to be derailed. The supporters are trying
to ram it through with a minimum of public discussion. So far, they
have succeeded. Please write, and get your colleagues to write as well.

For more detailed information (including sample letters to Congress),
and for names, addresses, and phone numbers of members of Congress,
visit the "Opposing Copyright Extension" web page at

Dennis S. Karjala
Irving Younger Visiting Professor of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
612-625-2011 (fax)
karja003@tc.umn.edu or
Visit the "Opposing Copyright Extension" web page at

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Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 16:34:55 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu>
Subject: EMLS 3.2 now available

>> From: "R.G. Siemens, Editor, EMLS" <EMLS@UAlberta.ca>

[please excuse x-posting]

It is with considerable pleasure that we are able to announce EMLS' new
home, at the University of Alberta's Department of English. Publication
from the University of Alberta begins with the September 1997 issue (3.2).

The EMLS editorial group wishes to express its gratitude to Alberta's
Department of English, and its Faculty of Arts, for their generous promise
of support for EMLS, and also to our past sponsors at the University of
British Columbia, where EMLS was founded in 1994: the Department of
English, the Faculty of Arts (including the Arts Computing Centre), and the
University Library.

While distributed from a new location, our Persistent Universal Resource
Locator (PURL) will remain the same, at


Our new contact and mailing addresses are listed in the document below.



Submission Information

EMLS invites contributions of critical essays on literary topics and of
interdisciplinary studies which centre on literature and literary culture
in English during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Contributions, including critical essays and studies (which must be
accompanied by a 250 word abstract), bibliographies, notices, letters, and
other materials, may be submitted to the Editor by electronic mail at
EMLS@UAlberta.ca or by regular mail to Early Modern Literary Studies,
Department of English, 3-5 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2E5.

Electronic mail submissions are accepted in ASCII format. Regular mail
submissions of material on-disk are accepted in ASCII, Wordperfect, or
Microsoft Word format; hard-copy submissions must be accompanied by
electronic copies, either on-disk or via electronic mail, and will not be
returned. All submissions must follow the current MLA Handbook, in addition
to the following conventions used by Early Modern Literary Studies for
ASCII text: <b>bold text</b> is indicated by tags which surround the text
that is to appear in bold, likewise with <i>italicized text</i>,
<u>underlined text</u>, and <sup>superscript</sup>; superscript is used for
note numbers in the text, and notes themselves appear at the end of the
document. A document outlining the representation of non-ASCII characters
is available on-site or by request.

Reviews and materials for review may be sent to Lisa Hopkins, the Associate
Editor (Reviews), at L.M.Hopkins@shu.ac.uk or by regular mail to the School
of Cultural Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Crescent
Campus, Sheffield, UK, S10 2BP. Please note that all unsolicited materials
sent to EMLS for the purposes of review must be plainly marked with the
word "Donation" on the front of the mailing cover.

Brief hard-copy correspondence may also be sent by fax to (403) 492-8142.

General Information

EMLS (ISSN 1201-2459) is published three times a year for the on-line
academic community by agreement with, and with the support of, the
University of Alberta's Department of English. EMLS is indexed by the MLA
International Bibliography, the Modern Humanities Research Association's
Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), Web-Cite,
the Lycos and InfoSeek indexing services and others, as well as being
linked to resource pages of scholarly journals, libraries, educational
institutions, and others worldwide.

EMLS does not appear in print form, but can be obtained free of charge in
hypertextual format on the World Wide Web at


The EMLS site is mirrored at Oxford University. EMLS is a participant in
the National Library of Canada's Electronic Publications Pilot Project,
where it is also archived; it is also archived by the Committee on
Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Electronic Journals Collection.

Contact Points

Journal Information, Comments, Mailing List: For more information, to join
our mailing list, or to offer your comments on EMLS, please contact our
Assistant Editor, Sean Lawrence, at sean@unixg.ubc.ca.

Site Information, Comments, &c.: All correspondence pertaining to our site
may be sent our Associate Editor, Paul Dyck, at Paul.Dyck@UAlberta.ca.

Editor: Correspondence to the Editor may be sent to EMLS@UAlberta.ca.

Hard-copy correspondence may be addressed to: Early Modern Literary
Studies, Department of English, 3-5 Humanities Centre, University of
Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. T6G 2E5.

Fax: (403) 492-8142.

R.G. Siemens
Department of English, U of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. T6G 2E5.
Editor, Early Modern Literary Studies: http://purl.oclc.org/emls/emlshome.html
wk. phone: (403) 492-7801 fax: (403) 492-8142
e-mail: EMLS@UAlberta.ca

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