ARLIS/NA Public Policy Committee
Submitted February 3, 2003, by:
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Franklin; Roberta Geier; Vanessa Kam; Roger Lawson (NINCH and DFC liaison); Cara
List; James Mitchell (Co-Chair); Barbara Rockenbach (Co-Chair); Maryly Snow;
Margaret Webster; Tony White; Cindy Wolff.
Board Liaison: Ursula Kolmstetter
business meeting was held (jointly with VRA Intellectual Property Rights
Committee) at the national conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday, March
The Committee co-sponsored a Copyright Town Meeting
at the St. Louis conference, "The Changing Research Environment: The
Information Commons Today." The summary report on the 2001–02 series of
Town Meetings is available at http://www.ninch.org/copyright/.
Liaison Roger Lawson continued to monitor NINCH list
and forward relevant items to Committee members and ARLIS-L.
The annual membership contribution increased to $600.
for 2003 conference in Baltimore: the Committee is sponsoring a
point/counterpoint session, “The Digital Millenium Copyright and Copyright
Term Extension Acts,” on Monday, March 24, 2003, 10:00–11:30 a.m.;
moderator, Barbara Rockenbach; recorder, Tony White; organized by Roger Lawson.
Ashcroft: Committee coordinated ARLIS/NA co-signing amicus curiae brief filed by the Association of Research Libraries
other library organizations regarding this challenge to the Copyright Term
Extension Act of 1998. The Committee also contributed $200 to ARL to support the
brief. Despite this effort, the US Supreme Court's decision on January 15, 2003,
upheld the constitutionality of the law. More information, and a link to the
full brief, is available at http://eldred.cc/news/.
Future Coalition (DFC): Liaison Roger Lawson monitored listserv and forwarded relevant items to Committee and
Committee maintained its membership in Affect, a consortium of organizations,
coordinated by DFC, who are opposed to implementation of UCITA. Membership will
be reviewed at the Committee's 2003 meeting, as the group has not been very
the site was moved to a server at Stanford University, hosted by Vanessa Kam:
Various news items were added to a prominent position
on the site's first page. For example, links to information on the USA Patriot
Act and the FBI's rejuvenated library investigation program, following a
spirited discussion on ARLIS-L.
Act (Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act) was passed by the
Congress, and became Public Law 107-273 on November 2. The law amends the
Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C.) to extend to distance education programs
pre-existing exemptions for classroom performance and display of
copyright-protected material. The Public Policy Committee joined other library
organizations advocating in support of this bill.
other bills of interest, particularly related to modifying the more onerous
provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, were
introduced late in the term of the 107th Congress. It is not yet
clear which bills may be re-introduced in the 108th Congress,
particularly in light of current preoccupations with security concerns and the
budgetary effects of the lingering recession. The Committee will continue to
monitor these for any developments relevant to the interests of ARLIS/NA.
Committee members attended various meetings sponsored by other organizations:
James Mitchell and Cindy Wolff both attended a
symposium on November 6, sponsored by the International Foundation for Art
Research (IFAR), “Copyright or Copywrong? The Supreme Court, Copyright Term
Extension, and The Arts.”
Vanessa Kam attended a video teleconference on USA
Patriot Act and privacy, sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL),
on December 11.
2002-2005 Strategic Plan Action Items:
Establish guidelines for kind and quantity of involvement in political action
and lobbying allowable under IRS 501 tax status. (III D)
Committee did not address this during 2002.
Identify other agencies and associations with shared interests in
legislative/policy matters; link with groups, as appropriate, to co-author
and/or co-sign position statements; provide descriptive annotations on other
groups’ committees, working groups, etc. (III D)
provided on the Committee's website; listservs are monitored, and relevant
announcements are forwarded to ARLIS-L. In 2002, discussions were opened with
the Progressive Librarians' Guild; Vanessa Kam began preparations to start an
affiliate group informally within ARLIS/NA, to be known as the Progressive Art
Librarian's Network (PrALiNe). The first meeting will be held at the national
conference in Baltimore, on Monday, March 25, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Roger Lawson
continued to serve as ARLIS/NA liaison to both NINCH and DFC (see above); he
monitored their listservs, as well as the Digital Copyright Digest (University
of Maryland), and forwarded relevant messages to the Committee and ARLIS-L.
Create, disseminate, and update regularly a list of legislative topics and
issues of a particular concern to arts and image professionals; draft position
statements consistent with ARLIS/NA interests; publicize endorsed statements or
other documents describing the Society’s position on legal issues and
legislation via the ARLIS/NA Web Site and Society publications. (III D)
were posted on ARLIS-L and the Committee's website. See above for Committee's
actions with Eldred v. Ashcroft brief. The possibility of publishing a
"legislative update" or other articles in the ARLIS/NA newsletter was
Assign individual committee members to monitor specific web sites and listservs
and report activities to membership via the ARLIS/NA Web Site and ARLIS-L; refer
items requiring action/responses to Executive Board. (III D)
Create a "recommended reading" list on topics such as intellectual
property, telecommunications, censorship and make available via the ARLIS/NA Web
Site. (III D)
completed on website.
Create communication links and define responsibilities shared among Public
Policy Committee, Diversity Committee, Collection Development Committee, and
ARLIS/NA Chapters to identify issues and topics with legislative agendas. (III
Committee's business meeting at the annual conference in Baltimore we will begin
a review of our liaison relationships and formal affiliations (such as DFC and
Affect). It is hoped that we will identify concrete steps that we can take in
the coming year to build on those relationships in ways that produce valuable
analyses of public policy issues of interest to ARLIS/NA members.