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From: The White House <Publications-Ad...@Pub.Pub.WhiteHouse.Gov>
Subject: 1998-10-12 Statement on Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Date: 1998/10/14
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                            THE WHITE HOUSE

                     Office of the Press Secretary
                         (New York, New York)
For Immediate Release                                   October 12, 1998

                       STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I am pleased that the Congress has passed the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act.  This bill will implement the two new landmark World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties that my
Administration negotiated.  These treaties will provide clear
international standards for intellectual property protection in the
digital environment and protect U.S. copyrighted works, musical
performances and sound recordings from international piracy.

     American copyright-based industries that produce and promote
creative and high-technology products contribute more than $60 billion
annually to the balance of U.S. trade. This bill will extend
intellectual protection into the digital era while preserving fair use
and limiting infringement liability for providers of basic communication
services.   I look forward to signing this legislation into law, and I
urge the Senate to ratify these treaties so that America can continue to
lead the world in the Information Age.