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News for ICSTI Members March 7th 2002

1.	ICSTI Annual Meeting 2002

The details about the Annual Meeting in Stockholm, June 15 to 19, 2002,
are now on the ICSTI Web site (www.icsti.org) under the Member Services
section. If you have difficulty in accessing the Members section please
email me (icsti@icsti.org). Blocks of rooms have been reserved at a
number of hotels, bookings are on a strictly first come, first served
basis so early booking is advised. 

2.	Apropos of our recent seminar….

The BBC's 1986 Domesday Project (a time capsule containing sound,
images, video and data defining life in Britain) is now unreadable. The
data was stored on 12-inch video discs that were only readable by the
BBC Micro, of which only a handful still exist.  The time capsule
contains "250,000 place names, 25,000 maps, 50,000 pictures, 3,000 data
sets and 60 minutes of moving pictures.".  The article notes that the
original Domesday Book (compiled in 1086 for tax purposes) is still in
"mint condition". [Source: London *Metro*, 01 Mar 2002]

3.	Cyberspace copyright protection reinforced

[Extracted from the London Financial Times, March 5 2002]

A landmark international treaty reinforcing the protection  of copyright
in cyberspace comes into force on Wednesday [March 6] amid controversy
in the US and Europe over whether tougher copyright rules stimulate or
inhibit creativity on the internet. 

The treaty, negotiated by the World Intellectual Property Organisation
(Wipo) in 1996, and a sister treaty protecting sound recordings that
comes into effect in May update copyright law for the digital age. 

The treaties outlaw attempts to circumvent encryption and other
techniques designed to prevent unauthorised copying and ensure royalties
are paid.

But civil liberties advocates claim the restrictions curb freedom of
speech and expression on the internet, a view that has so far won little
sympathy in the US courts.

The International Publishers Association, based in Geneva, said the Wipo
copyright treaty provided a balanced legal framework to protect content
on the internet and urged other countries to join the 34 that have
already ratified. The European Union and the 15 member states are
expected to ratify together after the necessary implementing legislation
has been passed in each country.

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