Digital Future Coalition

The Digital Future Coalition (DFC) was a US-based copyright advocacy organization established in 1995. Founded by leading scholars and activists in the library and public interest world, DFC was a precursor to organizations like Public Knowledge and the Library Research Coalition. The organization emerged from a round table of legal scholars and library associations members convened by Peter Jaszi[1] in fall of 1995 to review the Clinton Administration's White Paper on Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure, authored by Bruce Lehman.[2][3] That White Paper proposed a variety of new legislative approaches within copyright, generally broadening its scope and reach, and the roundtable discussion brought forward the notion of establishing a lobbying group to counter the commercial copyright interests' lobbying groups.[4][5]

The DFC had at its peak at least 42 institutional members, drawn from library associations, scholarly societies, public interest groups, and IT-related commercial entities. The organization was active in the legislative debates and lobbying surrounding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,[6] the Copyright Term Extension Act, and proposed database protection legislation, and was instrumental in inserting limiting provisions and exceptions into the DMCA and CTEA, and in defeating the proposed database protection legislation.[7] (See Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act, H.R. 3261, 108th Congress.)

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Membership rosters drawn from public comments and filings, but changed over time.[8]


  1. ^ "Best Practices in Fair Use: From Theory to Project: Peter Jaszi" Archived 2013-05-05 at the Wayback Machine, US Copyright Office (last visited April 24, 2013).
  2. ^ "Digital Future Coalition" (entry) Archived 2011-12-19 at the Wayback Machine, PSP Glossary, Professional Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.
  3. ^ Bruce Lehman, "Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure", Information Infrastructure Task Force, Sept. 1995, available at US PTO website.
  4. ^ See generally Pat Choate, Hot Property: The Stealing of Ideas in an Age of Globalization (2005), Chapter 10, "The Copyright Wars", pp. 261-282.
  5. ^ See generally Bill D. Herman, The Fight Over Digital Rights: The Politics of Copyright and Technology (2013), Part I: A Political History of Digital Copyright Through 2006 (Chapter 3, "The Digital Millennium Copyright Act", Chapter 4 "A Digital Rights Management Interlude: 1999-2002", and Chapter 5.).
  6. ^ See Jessica Litman, Digital Copyright, Chapter 9, "The Bargaining Table", pp.122-150 (2001).
  7. ^ Jacob Roberts, "Jaszi Honored with 2007 Patterson Copyright Award", American Library Association District Dispatch, March 22, 2007.
  8. ^ Comments of the Digital Future Coalition, Aug./Sept. 2000, Submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office, Pursuant to Sec. 104 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, in Response to Request for Comments, 65 F.R. 35673.

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