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It provides details of a conference group the Clinton Administration set up
to explore issues of "fair use" in the digital age. This group is called
"The Conference on Fair Use" or (CONFU). (no, it's not a new form of
martial arts ;^)
This group has developed three (or four...its difficult to tell) proposed
"guidelines" to govern the fair use of copyrighted material. Of particular
interest to us (as artists, art educators, museum educators, etc.,) are the
proposals dealing with the use of digital images (such as digitized art
work). Information on that proposal can be found at:
A PROPOSAL FOR EDUCATIONAL FAIR USE GUIDELINES FOR DIGITAL IMAGES
>From what I've read, the CONFU group in seeking endorsements and input from
various professional organizations (e.g., the American Library Association
has declared that the multimedia guidelines as too restrictive). They will
be meeting in May of 97 again to assess public reaction to the proposed
guidelines. Assuming all "goes well" they then plan to ask Congress to
endorse the guidlines.
To give you some idea of the last time Congress dealt with this subject it
was in 1976 when they passed ammendments to the Federal Copyright Law
covering the use of photocopied materials in the classroom.
Keep abreast of these developments, you'all.
CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
Department of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax