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ClariNet can no longer post Dave Barry and Mike Royko columns, as Knight-Ridder objected to unauthorized forwarding by readers. (Rumor has it that a single forwarded copy triggered the decision.) ClariNet copyright violations may be reported to reward@clarinet.com. [Steve Yelvington (stevey@startribune.com), online news, 6/22/94.]

The Software Publishers Association says that it is tracking over 1,600 pirate sites on the Internet, in a joint investigation with the FBI. [AP. Bill Park, 7/12/94.]

A White House committee led by Bruce Lehman -- assistant commerce secretary and patents and trademarks commissioner -- has recommended that copyright law and fair use rules explicitly include digital and online works. Public hearings will be held this fall in three cities. [Barbara Kantrowitz, Newsweek, 7/18/94, p. 54.] (There is a danger here. Office workers can pass a document from hand to hand without violating copyright, but how are distributed information workers to share working materials? What happens to online journalism if hunter-gatherers or editors can't forward or fax news items to reporters? All reporting and condensation would have to be done by the person with the original source material, unless that material is physically mailed to an editor. Storing or transmitting a document electronically should not be a violation if the original is then discarded. Neither should routine backup copies be violations, even when the originals have been deleted to avoid infringement.)