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in the applicationof copyrightlaw to the digital environment:

The groMh of the Internet basraised complex and controversial issu~ over the application of copyright law to the digital environment. Examination of these issu~ is increasingly important in light ofgro wing digital music piracy, expanding public demandfor online music servicesand the willingness and ability of many entities to meet that demand.

The Subcommittee Courts,the Internet,and IntellectualPropertyhas held a seriesof on oversight hearingson digital music issues,culminating in a December2001 hearing on the recommendations madeby the U.S. Copyright Office in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Section 104 Report. Legislation (}I.R. 2724) addres$ing online music issueshas ~o been introducedin the Houseof Representatives.
Given the topical namre of this subject matter. we are initiating a processto review relevant digital music issuesand related proposalsto amendthe Copyright Act that have beenbrought or will be broupt to our attentioDAll intermed panies are encouragedto submit written views on the menu of relevant digital music issuesand related proposed amendmenu to the Copyright Act. The Subcommittee deadline for receipt of commentsis S:OO p.m. on April 8, 2002. The merits of the proposalswill be evaluated in light of the views received and input from other Members of the Subcommittee,with the goal of discerning whedler consensus exists on meaningful solutions to address identifiable banns. Subsequently, at a date and time to be determined, we will schedule a general meeting with all interestedparties to share our findings.

We thankY(XIin advancefor your participation in this process. We belie-veit will produce valuable discowse on thesevery important issuesand hope it will result in meaningful solutions to some of the problems and controversiesswrounding the application of copyright law to the digital environment.

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