Information Technology Industry Council Hails WIPO Passage

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The Information Technology Industry Council (ITT) has announced its endorsement of passage this past summer by the U.S. House of Representatives of legislation to implement the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty.

On a voice vote, the House passed HR. 228 1, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which will update U.S. copyright law for the Information Age and balance the concerns of copyright owners with those of information technology manufacturers according to the IT! announcement.

"The whole world is watching to see how the U.S. implements the WIPO Copyright Treaty," said Rhett Dawson, president of the council. "I think the House struck the right balance on the issues of greatest concern to the world's leading information technology companies."

Of particular interest to ITI's member companies was a "no mandate" amendment, added by the House Commerce Committee. That amendment made clear that device manufacturers (including computer and consumer electronics makers) are not required to respond to particular technological protection measures used by copyright owners to protect their material. …