NEW RULES FOR A DIGITAL WORLD

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In its 137-page report issued last week, a working group on the National Information Infrastructure urged these policy changes in intellectual property law:

Amend copyright law to cover electronic transmissions. Under existing law, it's unclear whether transmitting a work electronically counts as distributing that work.

Prohibit imports of electronic copies of copyrighted works from other nations.

Define "publication" of a copyrighted work to include a transmitted electronic copy of the work.

Protect digital sound recordings under public performance rights.

Do not require additional "compulsory licenses" of intellectual property rights but leave licensing to the private market.

Extend effective international protections for entertainment and information products delivered online.

Do not let intellectual property rights be diminished in setting technical standards for the information superhighway, unless holders of those rights agree.

Provide the public with adequate access to copyrighted works sent electronically.

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