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Theme 6 Abstracts

Presenter / Title / Theme / Institution Abstract
Robert N. Diotalevi, Esq., LL.M.
Theme 6
The College of West Virginia; USA
'Copyright Dot Com: The Digital Millennium in Copyright'
With advanced technology comes new legal issues to battle. The age of information has given rise to greater concerns about copyright legalities. As new legal interpretations emerge from Congress as well as the courts, these thorny matters will be at the forefront. Copyright law ultimately affects faculty members, researchers, librarians, administrators and anyone interested in education. The Internet is the largest computer system in the world. This super information highway offers a variety of useful information as one navigates down its URL's, browsers and hyperlinks. With advanced technology comes new legal issues to battle. There are several bills such as H.R. 3048 still on Congress's plate. The latest Clinton Administration measure, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is a massive complexity of rules and regulations. This work addresses the above as well as explores new concerns in copyright law.
Patricia Ann Brock
Theme 6
Raritan Valley Community College; USA
'A Copyright Law for Educators?'
Since the arrival of the quintessential photocopy machine in the inconspicuous corners of many teachers' rooms or teachers' centers, limited-budgeted educators have been making multiple copies of newspaper articles, book chapters, or advertisements to disseminate to their students as classroom teaching materials. Were they - and are they still - breaking Copyright laws? Now with the advent of thousands to tempting pages of easily accessible Web site information, educators are making multiple copies of downloaded and hard copied materials. Are they now breaking Intellectual Property laws as well? What are the rules? Do they apply to teachers, too? Can educators get caught by the cyber-police? What is the punishment, if they do? What are the legal, ethical and moral responsibilities of educators in now and into the next millennium? This presentation will provide a self-assessment, a brief case study and the answers to the presentation queries.

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