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Y 4.389/2:5.nrg. 100-391
S. HRG. 100-391
LEGAL ISSUES THAT ARISE WHEN COLOR IS ADDED
TO FILMS ORIGINALLY PRODUCED, SOLD, AND
E'S RECORD ONLY
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
UNITED STATES SENATE
ONE HUNDREDTH CONGRESS
LEGAL ISSUES THAT ARISE WHEN COLOR IS ADDED TO BLACK-AND
MAY 12, 1987
Serial No. J-100-23
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JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR., Delaware, Chairman
ORRIN G. HATCH, Utah
ALAN K. SIMPSON, Wyoming DENNIS DECONCINI, Arizona
CHARLES E. GRASSLEY, Iowa PATRICK J. LEAHY, Vermont
ARLEN SPECTER, Pennsylvania HOWELL HEFLIN, Alabama
GORDON J. HUMPHREY, New Hampshire PAUL SIMON, Illinois
MARK H. GITENSTEIN, Chief Counsel
DIANA HUFFMAN, Staff Director
SUBCOMMITTEE ON TECHNOLOGY AND THE LAW
PATRICK J. LEAHY, Vermont, Chairman
GORDON J. HUMPHREY, New Hampshire
Panel consisting of Roger L. Mayer, President, Turner Entertainment Co.;
Rob Word, Senior Vice President for Creative Affairs, Hal Roach Studios;
velson, President, Writers Guild of America, West, In., May 11, 1987 13
Prepared statement, with attachments...
LEGAL ISSUES THAT ARISE WHEN COLOR IS ADDED TO FILMS ORIGINALLY PRODUCED, SOLD, AND DISTRIBUTED IN BLACK AND WHITE
TUESDAY, MAY 12, 1987
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY,
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 FROM THE STATE OF VERMONT 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 ploring 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