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[Fwd: U.S. Congress Fails to Address Database Protection Legislation]

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Subject: U.S. Congress Fails to Address Database Protection Legislation
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CENDI MEMBERS: I APOLOGIZE FOR THE DUPLICATION

The U.S. Congress adjourned without addressing database protection
legislation.   There were two related bills in the House.  H.R. 354, the
Collections of Information Antipiracy Act, from the Judiciary Committee and
H.R. 1858, Consumer and Investor Access to Information Act, from the Commerce
Committee.  Earlier that week, it had been thought that H.R. 354 might come
to a vote at any time, especially if the Representatives had time while
waiting for a final federal budget compromise.  There was no comparable
legislation in the U.S. Senate.

H.R. 354 is generally backed by the producers, while H.R. 1858 is preferred
by the library community.  H.R. 354 does not include fair use provisions.
1858 is primarily a misappropriation bill and is aimed at stopping wholesale
piracy for commercial purposes.

However, it is expected that one or both of these bills will be reintroduced
in early January when Congress reconvenes.

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