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Unformatted text preview: Before the
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
In the Matter of
PROMOTION OF DISTANCE
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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