Fair Use Press Releas

Subject: Fair Use Press Releas
Date: ti 06 elo††† 1996 - 12:57:25 EEST

Readers may wish to see this press release.


      Sandy Norman
      Information Manager (Legal and Parliamentary)
      Information Services
      The Library Association Tel: 0171 636 7543
      7 Ridgmount Street Fax: 0171 436 7218
      London WC1E 7AE email: sandy@la-hq.org.uk
      United Kingdom

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> PRESS RELEASE - 7-29-96
> Stanford Libraries sponsor Copyright & Fair Use Web Site
> STANFORD--Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information
> Resources, in collaboration with the Council on Library Resources
> and FindLaw Internet Legal Resources, are sponsors of the
> Copyright & Fair Use site on the World Wide Web
> (http://fairuse.stanford.edu/).
> The intention of the collaborators is to improve the extent and
> quality of the debate regarding copyright, and particularly that of
> fair use, by improving access to the laws, the documents of the
> relevant U.S. court cases, and related commentary.
> The Copyright & Fair Use Web site is unique because it assembles for
> the first time in one location a wide range of materials related to
> this controversial and hotly-debated issue: the use of copyrighted
> material by individuals, libraries and educational institutions.
> Seemingly innocuous to those who have not tested its many
> ramifications, the doctrine of fair use is seen by many as being
> critically important to the educational and research framework of
> this country. Others fear that with the advent of digital
> technologies the fair use doctrine unchecked may lead to "unfair"
> uses of information. The sponsors of this site urge that explicit
> statements about the importance of fair use be made in any future
> copyright legislation or revisions to current laws.
> FindLaw Internet Legal Resources (http://www.findlaw.com)
> provided much of the available site material, as well as its
> organizational and navigational rationale. Stanford University
> Libraries' Academic Text Service provided technological support
> by scanning the material and preparing it for mounting on the
> Web. The Council on Library Resources provided partial funding
> and shares responsiblity for oversight and maintenance.
> The Web site includes links that provide users with access to an
> array of primary materials concerning fair use and copyright
> (such as statutes, federal opinions, regulations, and treaty
> texts) and to current legislation, legal cases, and issues.
> Current links also take users to basic copyright information;
> National Information Infrastructure bills, testimonies and
> position papers; specifics of the Michigan Document Service case;
> and library-specific data, as well as a wealth of related
> information including an overview of copyright law. The site
> will continue to add more briefs from previous cases, for
> example, the Texaco case. Links are added as the site expands.
> The site itself is impartial; it seeks to improve the quality of
> the fair use debate by providing a rich mix of material to inform
> all users.
> All material on the site is full-text searchable; the range of
> material includes several cases relevant to the fair use debate
> which are only to be found on the Web at this site. For example,
> briefs of the Michigan Document Services case are on-line at the
> site.
> Site users who wish to send comments and suggestions can do so by
> e-mail to copyright@findlaw.com.

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