ARCHIVED: Opposition to H.R. 354, the "Collections of Information Antipiracy Act"

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November 16, 1999

The Honorable Richard Armey
Majority Leader
Capitol H-329
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Majority Leader,

We remain deeply concerned about a premature discussion of database legislation on the floor of the House in the next few days. Recent proposed revisions to H.R. 354, "The Collections of Information Antipiracy Act," taken as a whole, do not adequately address outstanding concerns.

We remain willing to work with the committees of jurisdiction to fashion a compromise that fairly addresses the concerns of all affected industries and associations, including the information technology industry and scientific, library, and educational institutions. We look forward to working with you and your staff once Congress has adjourned.

Respectfully,

Amazon.com, Inc.
Amdahl Corporation
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Law Libraries
American Association of Legal Publishers
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Committee for Interoperable Systems
American Council of Learned Societies
American Council on Education
American Film Heritage Association
American Library Association
American Statistical Association
Art Libraries Society of North America
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
Association of American Universities
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
Association of Research Libraries
AT&T
Ball Research, Inc.
Bell Atlantic
Bloomberg Financial Markets
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Commercial Internet eXchange Association
Computer & Communications Industry Association
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
Computing Technology Industry Association
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Consortium of Social Science Associations
Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association
Consumer Project on Technology
Council on Governmental Relations
Digital Future Coalition
DLJdirect, Inc.
Dun & Bradstreet
Eagle Forum
EDUCAUSE
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Excite@Home
Information Technology Association of America
Inktomi
JuriSearch.Com
Lycos
MCI WorldCom
Medical Library Association
Modern Language Association
Music Library Association
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Council of Teachers of English
National Humanities Alliance
National Writers Union
North Carolina State University Libraries
Online Banking Association
Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Society of American Archivists
Special Libraries Association
Sun Microsystems
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
United States Catholic Conference
University Continuing Education Association
Visual Resources Association
Yahoo! Inc.

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