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Nov. 30, 2000, 8:00 AM ET, Alert No. 73.
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RIAA: Petition to LOC for rule making and arbitration re copyright royalties for music that is streamed or downloaded on the Internet, 11/29 (HTML, TLJ).
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"RIAA believes that it should be possible to launch services that make On-Demand Streams and Limited Downloads under the existing statutory framework while respecting the copyright protection that ensures the continuation of the creative process. However, record companies take very seriously their obligations under copyright law, and it is simply not clear what licenses are required to operate these services."

RIAA, from its Petition to the Copyright Office, Nov. 29.
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11/29. Lernout & Hauspie filed a Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court (DDel). It makes speech recognition and language translation software products, including Voice Xpress. The filing was made by Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products NV, Dictaphone Corporation, and L&H Holdings USA, Inc. In Belgium, a concordaat reorganization filing will be made by Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products NV. See, LH release.
11/29. The NTIA and the U.S. Copyright Office held a joint hearing on the DMCA and copyright law. The hearing focused on the effects of Title 1 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the development of electronic commerce on the operation of 109 and 117 of Title 17 of the U.S. Code.
11/29. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed a petition with the U.S. Copyright Office requesting that it conduce a formal rulemaking proceeding, and if necessary, convene the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel, to establish the royalty obligations of companies offering online on demand streaming of music, and downloads of music. See, RIAA release.
11/29. European Patent Organisation (EPO) concluded a nine day meeting on revising the 1973 European Patent Convention. Roland Grossenbacher, Chairman of the Administrative Council of the EPO, stated that "the Conference agreed not to delete computer programs from the list of non-patentable inventions. For the meantime, the existing legal position therefore remains unchanged. The Conference's decision took account of the process of consultation on the future of legal protection in this field, and in no way challenges the existing practice of the Office and its boards of appeal, or that of national patent authorities and courts. As before, computer-implemented inventions can be patented if they involve a new and inventive technical contribution to the state of the art. Technical solutions for use in data processing or for carrying out methods of doing business therefore remain patentable." See, statement of Grossenbacher.
11/29. The Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) announced that it has hired Dittus Communications to lobby against passage of HR 2420. This bill, which is supported by the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs), would exempt interLATA data traffic from the requirements of Section 271. It is sponsored by half the membership of the House, and will likely be reintroduced in the 107th Congress. See, CompTel release.
11/29. The USTR published a notice in the Federal Register that it seeks public comments on the proposed U.S. Singapore Free Trade Agreement. This notice includes a request for comments on "Relevant trade-related intellectual property rights issues that should be addressed in the negotiations." The deadline for comments is Dec. 19. Fed. Reg., Nov. 29, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 230, Pages 71197 - 71198.
11/29. President Clinton announced that the U.S. and Chile have agreed to start negotiations on a comprehensive bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA). He further stated that this "agreement will include labor and environmental provisions". See, Clinton statement. The negotiations over the U.S. Singapore FTA also include these non trade related social issues. President Elect Bush will likely restrict FTA negotiations to trade related issues.
11/29. The U.S. Department of State's U.S. International Telecommunication Advisory Committee's Telecommunication Standardization National Committee's Study Group A held a public meeting.
Editor's Note: This column includes all News Briefs added to Tech Law Journal since the last Daily E-Mail Alert. The dates indicate when the event occurred, not the date of posting to Tech Law Journal.

Friday, Dec. 1

9:00 AM. The NTIA will hold its second government industry meeting on Third Generation wireless. This event is intended to provide technical experts an opportunity to review and discuss the Interim Report of the NTIA and the Interim Report of the FCC released on November 15. Location: Herbert Hoover Building, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Room 4830, Washington DC, 20230. See, NTIA's notice and agenda and 3G web page.

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