13.0273 networking cultural heritage resources

Humanist (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 16 Nov 1999 22:07:13 +0000

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 273.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 21:03:35 +0000
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Subject: "Digital Dilemma:" NRC Report on I.P. & the Internet Available
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News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
November 10, 1999


>Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 13:42:21 -0800
>From: Clifford Lynch <cliff@cni.org>
>Subject: NRC report The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property and the Net
>The National Research Council committee on Intellectual Property in
>the Emerging Information Infrastructure (on which I served) held a
>well-attended public briefing this week and released prepublication
>copies of their report, The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property
>and the Emerging Information Infrastructure.
>The printed book will come out from the National Academy Press around

>the end of the year. You can find materials from the briefing and a
>summary of the report at the Computer Science and Telecommunications
>Board web site, <<http://www.cstb.org/>http://www.cstb.org/>, or at

>I am told that the full text of the report will be online within a
>week or so.
>I'd urge you to have a look at these materials; I think that there's
>a great deal of valuable and useful material in the report.
>Clifford Lynch
>Executive Director
>Coalition for Networked Information

>Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 13:34:19 -0500 (EST)
>From: Page Miller <pagem@CapAccess.org>
>Subject: NCC Washington Update, Vol 5 #39, November 10, 1999 (fwd)
>NCC Washington Update, Vol 5, #39, November 10, 1999
> by Page Putnam Miller, Director of the National Coordinating
> Committee for the Promotion of History <pagem@capaccess.org>

>3. National Research Council's Report on Copyright Offers New Perspectives -

>The National Research Council released on November 3 a
>report titled "Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information
>Age." Professor Randall Davis of MIT, who heads the Council's committee
>on property rights in the digital age, presented the report, which had
>taken two years to prepare. He summed up the dilemma by talking about
>"how digital information can be distributed without losing control of it -
>sharing it but not surrendering it."
>The report addresses the concerns of authors, publishers, the general
>public, the education community, representatives of the technology
>industry, and policy makers. Davis noted that "digital information raises
>the stakes around the long-standing issue of copying for private use and
>fair use." And he addressed the trend toward licensing and asks "With an
>online journal, what do you own when the subscription expires?" The
>report, which urges that we look beyond the technology at hand and deal
>with under lying issues, asks us to recognize "the difference between
>accessing digital information and using it, that is, the difference
>between reading a work and quoting or copying it."
>In discussing the report, Davis also highlighted the report's question "of
>whether the notion of a 'copy' remains an appropriate foundation for
>copyright law in the digital age." Copying, he notes, is directly related
>to the way computers function for that is how data is accessed; and thus,
>control of copying would provide powers, that he suggests, go beyond those
>intended by copyright law. In suggesting the need to develop an
>alternative framework for understanding copyright, Davis says that the
>question would not be whether a copy had been made, but whether a use of a
>work was consistent with the goal of copyright law and whether it was
>substantially destructive of an author's incentive to publish.
>The lead item on the National Academies Web Page at
><<http://www.nationalacademies.org>http://www.nationalacademies.org> is
"Legislators Should Go Slow on
>Electronic Copyright Laws" and links are provided to the full text of
>Davis' remarks, the press release on the report, and a report summary.

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