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Unformatted text preview: Before the COPYRIGHT OFFICE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Washington, D.C. ______________________________________ In the Matter of PROMOTION OF DISTANCE EDUCATION THROUGH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES ) ) ) ) ) ) Docket No. 98-12B ) ______________________________________ ) REPLY COMMENTS OF BROADCAST MUSIC, INC. BROADCAST MUSIC, INC. (“BMI”), submits these reply comments, pursuant to the request for comments and notice of public hearings of the Copyright Office (“the Office”) published in the Federal Register at 63 Fed. Reg. 71167 (December 23, 1998) and amended at 64 Fed. Reg. 9178 (February 24, 1999).1 BMI has reviewed the many thoughtful and informative statements on this topic made by educators, librarians, service and technology suppliers as well as representatives of content providers speaking on behalf of the publishing, film, visual arts and music industries. It seems clear to us that despite a divergence of opinions, particularly between those in the academic and content provider communities, there are several areas where there is substantial common ground. 1 BMI previously submitted the written statement of Marvin L. Berenson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, dated January 26, 1999 and presented oral testimony of Judith M. Saffer, Assistant General Counsel, at the public hearings held in Washington DC on January 26, 1999. 1 BMI encourages the Office to focus on these areas in preparing its report and recommendations to Congress. While some of those writing on behalf of colleges and universities, professors and librarians strongly advocated broad new distance education exemptions,2 the panel of representatives from educational institutions took a more pragmatic approach in their oral testimony at the public hearings held in Washington, DC on January 27, 1...
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