Thursday, September 25, 2008

Copyright reform for recorded sound

The following message has been posted by the Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC). Author Tim BrooksChair, ARSC Copyright & Fair Use Committee:

"American Library Association is the sixth major organization to endorseARSC proposal for sound recording copyright reform. The Council of the 65,000-member American Library Association has voted to endorse the Association for Recorded Sound Collections proposal that Congress direct the U.S. Copyright Office to conduct a study on the desirability of bringing sound recordings made before 1972 under federal jurisdiction. Such a study would be the first step toward realizing the first of ARSC's five major recommendations for sound recording copyright reform, to remove pre-1972 recordings from state control and place the munder a single national law that provides for a public domain, fair use, and preservation exemptions for libraries and archives.

Wording for legislation to authorize the study has been prepared by ARSC and presented to the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. It is being co-sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH).

Five other organizations have also endorsed some or all of the ARSC proposals, which are designed to encourage preservation of and access to historical recordings, a majority of which are currently inaccessible due tostate laws, while respecting the legitimate interests of rights holders. The Association of Moving Image Archivists is backing the proposal for a Copyright Office study; and the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors, the Music Library Association, the Society for American Music, and the Society of American Archivists have each voted to endorse all five of the ARSC reform proposals, which can be found here.

Following is additional information on the organizations currently supporting ARSC copyright initiatives:

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 65,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. Its mission is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. The ALA maintains an office in Washington to represent libraries on Capitol Hill.

The Association of Moving Image Archivists is a nonprofit professional association established to advance the field of moving image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition, and use of moving image materials. Moving images include film, television, video, and digital formats. AMIA advocates for the acknowledgement of movingimages as important educational, historical, and cultural resources.

The International Association of Jazz Record Collectors, which describes itself as 'a meeting ground for jazz record collectors of all persuasions', was founded in 1964 to encourage collecting and research; advance the cause of jazz music by creating more recognition of the great jazz musicians; improve communications between and among collectors, dealers, musicians, and the public; and sponsor publications, recordings, and conferences dedicated to jazz music.

The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the UnitedS tates. It has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. The MLA's purpose is to promote the establishment, growth, and use of music libraries; to increase efficiency in music library service and administration; and to promote the profession of music librarianship.

The Society for American Music was founded in 1975 to stimulate the appreciation, performance, creation, and study of American music in all its diversity, and the full range of activities and institutions associated with that music. "America" is understood to embrace North America, including Central America and the Caribbean, and aspects of its cultures everywhere in the world.

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America' s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,000 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique inbringing together private individuals and institutional professionals -- everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound".

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