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[ARSCLIST] Copyright Reform Takes Center Stage at ARSC Conference

The Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections
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--- Copyright Reform Takes Center Stage at ARSC Conference ---
On Thursday, May 28, five experts will offer their predictions on "The
Outlook for Sound Recording Copyright Reform in 2009 and Beyond," and
comment on the latest developments in the field, in a panel discussion at
the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel, in Washington DC. The panel highlights the
opening session of the 43rd annual conference of the Association for
Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), which begins at 8:45 a.m.
Among the issues to be discussed are performance rights legislation, Orphan
Works legislation, reform of preservation exceptions, and five
recommendations made by ARSC for changes in the law, including bringing
older recordings under federal law and establishing for the first time a
public domain for early recordings. (ARSC was responsible for recent
legislation triggering a formal study of the latter two issues by the U.S.
Copyright Office.)
Participating in the panel will be:
-- Jonathan Band, Library Copyright Alliance
-- June Besek, Executive Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the
Arts, Columbia Law School
-- Malcolm C. Grace, Vice President, Wexler & Walker Public Policy
-- Gigi B. Sohn, President, Public Knowledge
-- Corey D. Williams, Associate Director, Office of Government Relations,
American Library Association.
The moderator will be Tim Brooks, Chair of the ARSC Copyright and Fair Use
Committee and Director of the Historical Recording Coalition for Access and
Preservation ( www.recordingcopyright.org ). The coalition was recently
formed by ARSC, the Music Library Association, and the Society for American
Music, to promote copyright reforms enabling preservation of and public
access to historical recordings.
Prior to the panel discussion, Mr. Brooks will deliver a keynote address on
ARSC's activities during the past year promoting recording copyright reform.
For more information about ARSC and the conference, visit:
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 in
bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals --
everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.

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