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CNET News.com/Reuters: Hearing provides forum for copyright debate

Nov 29, 2000, 21:30 (1 Talkback[s])

"Entertainment giants will face digital media companies before federal officials Wednesday in the contentious debate over intellectual property regulation on the Internet."

"This will be the preseason skirmish to some significant legislative hearings, which have the potential of resulting in new legislation in the next two to four years in the area of copyrights," said Jonathan Potter, executive director of the Digital Media Association (DiMA), an alliance of 75 companies including Amazon.com and Spinner.com...."

"The hearing is part of a study required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and these agencies will report to Congress regarding further changes to copyright law, Potter said."

"The entertainment behemoths say they want to ensure copyright holders are properly compensated for their works on the Web, but digital media companies say Hollywood is trying to stifle technology to keep control over distribution. Experts say billions of dollars could be involved."

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