LCA Urges Hearings on Broadcast Flag before Adopting Legislation

On September 19, 2005, the Library Copyright Alliance delivered a letter to Senator Stevens, Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The letter urges the committee to hold hearings before adopting any legislation authorizing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to promulgate Broadcast Flag. If Broadcast Flag went into effect, it would, at minimum, hamper the use of broadcast materials for teaching and scholarship, and harm effective public discourse (which often requires the copying and redissemination of broadcast content). For example, a website seeking to demonstrate the disparate treatment on the news of black “looters” and white “food liberators” in the wake of Hurricane Katrina would need to include clips of television news broadcasts.

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