Summary: H.R.4846 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law No: 106-474 (11/09/2000)

National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 - Title I: Sound Recording Preservation by the library of Congress - Subtitle A: National Recording Registry - Requires the Librarian of congress to: (1) establish the National Recording Registry for the purpose of maintaining and preserving sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant; (2) establish criteria and procedures under which sound recordings may be included in the Registry, except that no sound recording shall be eligible for such inclusion until ten years after its creation; (3) establish procedures for general public recommendations to the National Recording Preservation Board (established under this Act) regarding the inclusion of sound recordings in the Registry; and (4) determine which sound recordings meet the established criteria and select them for inclusion, up to a maximum of 25 sound recordings or groups of sound recordings each year.

(Sec. 103) Requires the Librarian to provide a seal to indicate that a selected sound recording has been included in the Registry and is the Registry version of that recording. Requires the Librarian to establish guidelines for approval of the use of the seal. Specifies prohibited uses, as well as remedies for violation of such prohibitions, including a civil fine and injunctive relief.

(Sec. 104) Requires copies of such sound recordings on the Registry received under this Act to be maintained in the Library of Congress as the National Recording Registry Collection of the Library of Congress. Limits preservation to only one copy of the same version or take of any recording. Requires the Librarian to provide for reasonable access to the sound recordings and other materials in the collection for scholarly and research purposes.

Subtitle B: National Sound Recording Preservation Program - Requires the Librarian to: (1) implement a comprehensive national recording preservation program, in conjunction with other recording archivists, educators and historians, copyright owners, recording industry representatives, and others involved in activities related to recording preservation, and taking into account studies conducted by the Board; (2) use the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center of the Library at Culpeper, Virginia, to ensure proper storage of preserved sound recordings; and (3) carry out activities to make sound recordings more accessible for research and educational purposes, and to generate public awareness and support of the Registry and such program.

Subtitle C: National Recording Preservation Board - Requires the Librarian to establish in the Library of Congress a National Recording Preservation Board to: (1) review nominations of sound recordings for inclusion in the Registry; and (2) advise the Librarian with respect to the inclusion and the preservation of these and other sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

(Sec. 124) Requires the Board to study and report on the current state of Library of Congress sound recording archiving, preservation, and restoration activities, taking into account the research and other activities carried out by or on behalf of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center.

Subtitle D: General Provisions - Authorizes appropriations.

Title II: National Recording Preservation Foundation - Grants a Federal charter to the National Recording Preservation Foundation (a charitable and nonprofit corporation that is not a Federal Government agency or establishment).

(Sec. 201) Authorizes the Librarian to: (1) provide, on a reimbursable basis, personnel, facilities, and other administrative services to the corporation; and (2) accept the services of the corporation and its directors, officers, and employees as volunteers in performing functions authorized under this Act, without compensation from the Library of Congress.

Authorizes appropriations in an amount equal to private donations to the corporation, for reimbursement of the Library for such personnel, facilities, and other administrative services. Bars the use of such funds for the corporation's own administrative expenses, including salaries, travel, transportation, and overhead expenses.