HRRC joins the Digital Future Coalition. DFC opposes H.R.2441/S.1284 and strives for a thorough, broad and balanced Congressional debate of U.S. copyright law and policies.
Congress passes Telecommunications Act of 1996, amending cable compatibility requirements of the 1992 Cable Reform Act. President Clinton signs bill into law.
House Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property holds hearings on H.R.2441. HRRC testimony urges that Section 1201 be removed from bill because it effectively reverses Supreme Court’s Betamax decision, which confirmed consumers’ recording rights.
Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on S. 1284. HRRC’s views represented by Digital Future Coalition witness.
Congress adjourns without passing H.R. 2441/S. 1284
HRRC and other Digital Future Coalition members submit comments to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office opposing Clinton Administration’s announced intention to include some of same NII bill provisions in new treaty proposals to World Intellectual Property Organization.
World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland adopts language in new treaty addressing digital and conventional copyright issues without imposing unreasonable restrictions on consumer home recording. Clinton Administration signals plans to push for new NII proposal in 1997 Congress.