College Media Group Cautions That 2 Copyright Laws Could Collide

Jen Young spotted A Chronicle of Higher Ed. Story that says A group representing college media centers is warning the U.S. Copyright Office about a possible conflict between two federal laws, one meant to limit electronic access to copyrighted material and the other designed to broaden access to the same material for online education.

At issue are the Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The first measure is known as the Teach Act and was signed into law in November.

The second law, which took effect in 1998, has a section that makes it illegal to bypass technologies that block access to copyrighted material.