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Concluding Remarks

Intellectual property will surely survive the digital age. It is clear, however, that major adaptations will have to take place to ensure sufficient protection for content creators and rights holders, thereby helping to ensure that an extensive and diverse supply of IP is available to the public. Major adaptations will also be needed to ensure that the important public purposes embodied in copyright law, such as public access, are fulfilled in the digital context. Considering the vitality of the participants, the committee is optimistic that workable solutions will be forthcoming in time.

The committee has been cautious about major legislative initiatives because it is early in the evolution of digital intellectual property and much remains unknown—both because of the yet-to-come evolution in the information industries, user communities, and technologies and because of the need for research and data collection to improve knowledge and understanding of the issues. Under such circumstances, major changes in legal regimes and public policy are ill-advised.

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