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S. HRG. 102–1118
NEWS MONITORING 04/23
SSJY9NOU JO ANO!
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
UNITED STATES SENATE
ONE HUNDRED SECOND CONGRESS
JUNE 16, 1992
Serial No. J-102-68
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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR., Delaware, Chairman EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts STROM THURMOND, South Carolina HOWARD M. METZENBAUM, Ohio
ORRIN G. HATCH, Utah DENNIS DECONCINI, Arizona
ALAN K. SIMPSON, Wyoming PATRICK J. LEAHY, Vermont
CHARLES E. GRASSLEY, Iowa HOWELL HEFLIN, Alabama
ARLEN SPECTER, Pennsylvania PAUL SIMON, Illinois
HANK BROWN, Colorado HERBERT KOHL, Wisconsin
RONALD A. KLAIN, Chief Counsel
CYNTHIA C. HOGAN, Staff Director
SUBCOMMITTEE ON PATENTS, COPYRIGHTS AND TRADEMARKS
DENNIS DECONCINI, Arizona, Chairman EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts ORRIN G. HATCH, Utah PATRICK J. LEAHY, Vermont
ALAN K. SIMPSON, Wyoming
CHARLES E. GRASSLEY, Iowa
MARK DISLER, Minority Chief Counsel
STATEMENTS OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF WITNESSES
TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 1992
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, SUBCOMMITTEE ON PATENTS, COPYRIGHTS AND TRADEMARKS,
Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:11 a.m., in room 226, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Hon. Dennis DeConcini (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. DENNIS DeCONCINI, A U.S.
SENATOR FROM THE STATE OF ARIZONA Senator DECONCINI. The Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks will come to order.
I apologize to the witnesses for the lateness. I know your time is very valuable, and we appreciate you being here.
Today we'll conduct a hearing on S. 1805, a bill introduced by my friend, colleague and ranking member, Senator Hatch. S. 1805 would amend the fair-use doctrine embodied in the Copyright Act to include news monitoring in the list of illustrations of fair-use activities regarding copyrights works. Fair use is an affirmative defense to copyright infringement that was developed by the courts and later codified in section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
Currently section 107 contains a list of six uses that may be examined under this doctrine: criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Moreover, it provides
a fourfactor balancing test to be applied on a case-by-case basis. This test considers the purpose of the use, including whether the use is for profit; the nature of the copyright work; the amount of the work used; and the effects of the use upon the potential market for the copyright work. The bill before us today would add to the illustrations in the fair-use preamble another use; namely, news monitoring.
This bill is an attempt to resolve a controversy regarding the ability of electronic news monitoring services to search, record, and package news broadcasts for commercial purposes.
We live in an age where the electronic media provide nonstop access to a constant flow of information and take us around the world as quickly as it takes us down the street. In a constant sea of electronic information, it's difficult, if not impossible, to stay on top of all that the news has to offer. Therefore, I find these new monitoring services to be extremely valuable. However, I do not believe that the value of these services is the question before us today. To