Digital Future Coalition is currently working on the following issues:
the 105th Congress, the DFC worked to sponsor correct versions of the
of Information Antipiracy Act, a law designed to prevent
thievery of intellectual property. This law became associated with databases,
as the DFC fought to include the proper language to allow companies
to protect the contents of their database. Browse
all of our Archives information on the Collections
of Information Antipiracy Act.
- During the last Congress,
two competing bills were
sponsored in the House of Representatives to assist companies in protecting
the contents of their databases. Of the two, we believed that H.R. 1858
was the fairer, and that it allowed companies the maximum protection
with the minimum interference in the competitive marketplace.
have sponsored an organization, Database Data,
to help us spread the word about potential new database legislation
and to encourage members of Congress to maintain the basic American
tradition of public access to information. For the full story on these
laws, visit the Database Data Web site, www.databasedata.org.
and UCC2B. For several years, lawmakers have considered changing
Section 2B of the Unifrom Copyright Code (UCC2B) to better apply
to the sale and distribution of computer software. Their efforts culminated
in the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA),
a uniform state law which has already been passed in Maryland and Virginia
and is being considered in several other states.
Here at the DFC, we have
been following this issue from its inception. First, we attempted
to shape the debate over the changes to be made to UCC2B. The debate
subsequently turned to the states' passage of UCITA, and DFC is active
in a new coalition, Americans for Fair Electronic Commerce Transactions
(AFFECT), to ensure that fair competition is preserved and that
software companies are not given an unfair advantage.
Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Introduced in the 105th
Congress to deal with a variety of copyright issues stemming from the
1995 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) conference,
the DMCA has since passed both the House and the Senate and become law.
But the DMCA debate is not over! Several sections of the DMCA
mandate reviews and continued testimony over the Act's performance,
which we are heavily involved in. Visit
our DMCA page and find out what we've been working on lately.
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