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Learn About Pending Law (UCITA) w/Impact On Higher Educ, Dec. 13th

The New Jersey State Legislature is currently considering a proposed new law that could place significant complications and restrictions on Libraries work.

Entitled the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (or UCITA) this law, which has already been adopted in Maryland and Virginia, would allow software providers to further restrict access to their products and even apply those restrictions to mixed media packages (such as books sold with CDs, etc.). This proposed law advances a non-negotiable system of intellectual property with no allowances for fair use, curtailing libraries and education organizations uses of many resources that have been previously allowed under federal copyright law.

The Rutgers University Libraries will host a downlink site for a special teleconference about the ramifications of UCITA and what librarians can do to influence the development of this legislation. This teleconference, sponsored by the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and other Libraries groups, will take place:

Wednesday December 13, 2000
1:00 - 4:00 pm
The Rutgers Libraries downlink site will be at:
The Teleconference Lecture Hall
in the Scholarly Communication Center (SCC)
on the 4th floor of Alexander Library.

Downlink sites are also available at Gloucester County College in Sewell, NJ and at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. For more information about the Gloucester County College site, please contact guest registration coordinator Jennifer Pittner by email at jpittner@gccnj.edu or by phone at 856-415-2241. For more information on the William Paterson University site, please contact site coordinator Anne Cilberti by email at cilbertia@wpunj.edu or by phone at 973/720-3179.

Featured speakers and subjects for this teleconference will be -

  • Rodney Peterson, director of policy and planning Office of Technology at the University of Maryland, speaking on "What is UCITA?"
  • James Neal, Dean of University Libraries John Hopkins University speaking on "Why Do We Care?"
  • Sarah K. Wiant, director of the Law Library Washington and Lee University speaking on "Framing the Key Issues"
  • Catherine Wojewodzki, reference librarian University of Deleware Library speaking on "How Do We Organize For Advocacy?"

Space is limited so please make a reservation to attend. To RSVP for the downlink session at Alexander Library in New Brunswick, call the Rutgers University Libraries Administration reception desk at 732/932-7505.

To learn more about UCITA, you may visit these websites:

Posted Nov. 16, 2000