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Y 4.589/2: S.hrg. 100-391
S. HRG. 100-391
LEGAL ISSUES THAT ARISE WHEN COLOR IS ADDED
TO FILMS ORIGINALLY PRODUCED, SOLD, AND
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
ONE HUNDREDTH CONGRESS
LEGAL ISSUES THAT ARISE WHEN COLOR IS ADDED TO BLACK-ANDWHITE MOVIES
MAY 12, 1987
Serial No. J-100-23
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Leahy, Hon. Patrick J., a U.S. Senator from the State of Vermont....
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF WITNESSES
Letter to Senators Leahy, DeConcini, and Humphrey from Melville Sha-
LEGAL ISSUES THAT ARISE WHEN COLOR IS ADDED TO FILMS ORIGINALLY PRODUCED, SOLD, AND DISTRIBUTED IN BLACK AND WHITE
TUESDAY, MAY 12, 1987
SUBCOMMITTEE ON TECHNOLOGY AND THE Law,
Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 9 a.m., in room SD226, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Hon. Patrick J. Leahy (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Staff present: Ann Harkins, majority chief counsel, and Matt Gerson, majority general counsel, Subcommittee on Technology and the Law.
OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. PATRICK J. LEAHY, A U.S.
Senator LEAHY. The subcommittee can come to order. Thomas Jefferson once observed that, "Law and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As new discoveries are made *** institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times." We in Congress must keep Mr. Jefferson's admonition in mind as we tackle the difficult legal questions that are a natural byproduct of new technologies.
This subcommittee is the Judiciary Committee's forum for exploring whether evolving technologies require that we modify our laws to keep up with technology or in anticipation of the technological advances of the future. The subcommittee began its work this year with 2 days of hearings on the semiconductor chip industry, obviously at the heart of American technology. We produced the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act Extension of 1987.
Today we address a different issue. We are going to examine the legal issues that arise when color is added to black-and-white movies. We are not doing it with a bill before us or a legislative fix in mind.
The technology used in colorizing black-and-white films points out the need for Congress to stay ahead of the curve and begin to look at our laws with imagination equal to that of the inventors of technological innovation. We can't just sit back and try to fit new technology into old legal holes. We have to be creative while hold