copyright & preservation of digital works -Reply

Subject: copyright & preservation of digital works -Reply
From: John Crosby (
Date: ma 17 marras 1997 - 16:00:08 EET

Unfortunately, I don't believe digital preservation is very clear,
even in US law. During the last two years, library, education and
publishing groups met to determine how fair use in the digitial age
should be interpreted. No consensus was reached on any
principles, including in preservation.

I believe that the matter may be resolved in pending legislation
before the U.S. Congress.

John Crosby
Director, Government Relations
Special Libraries Association
202-234-4700, x629

>>> Chris Groeneveld <> 11/13/97
09:00pm >>>

*** Request for information ***

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek, national library of
the Netherlands, has commissioned the Institute
for Information Law (University of Amsterdam)
to perform a study concerning the copyright
aspects of converting digital copyrighted works
from one format to the other for conservation

The question is whether a library is, or should
be, allowed to reproduce/copy digital works to a
currently available format, if the format the work
was originally published in is outdated, or if the
work is no longer or scarcely available.

In several countries certain statutory library
exceptions are provided for by copyright law. For
example in the US and the UK libraries may
statutoryly copy works for preservation purposes.

Perhaps such exceptions are interpreted or designed
in such a way that the above mentioned conversion
is implied. If such is the case in your country
we would very much like to be notified and provided
with the official documents.

Even more we are interested in existing legislature,
or legislative initiatives, which expressly allow
libraries to convert digital works to more current
formats. Again, we would be very grateful to be
updated on such developments or laws.

Thank you very much.

Reactions to: Babiche Westerbrink or Chris Groeneveld
Babiche N. Westerbrink
Institute for Information Law
University of Amsterdam
Rokin 84
1012 KX Amsterdam

tel: 31.20.525.3327
fax: 31.20.525.3033


Chris Groeneveld

Koninklijke Bibliotheek
The National Library of the Netherlands
PO Box 90407
2509 LK Den Haag
The Netherlands

phone + 31 (0) 70 3140 262 (direct)
+ 31 (0) 70 3140 506 (Hanneke Dries,
telefax + 31 (0) 70 3140 651


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