Dec. 4, 2003
ULM PROFESSOR RECEIVES NATIONAL SERVICE AWARDS
To: News Directors and News Editors
From: Veronika Avery, Coordinator of Media Relations, 342-5444
Joel Willer, a University of Louisiana at Monroe assistant
professor of mass communications, received awards from each of
two national college media organizations for work in preserving
Internet webcasting opportunities for college radio stations.
College webcasters' continuing service had been threatened by
the costs of new digital music copyright royalties created by
the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.
Willer's efforts included authoring written testimony to the
U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary; written comments to the
House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, the
Internet, and Intellectual Property; lobbying visits to the offices
of several members of both houses of Congress; multiple written
filings to the Copyright Office of the U.S. Library of Congress;
an appearance at a roundtable hearing conducted by the Copyright
Office and at a subsequent status conference; and a written sworn
declaration for a case currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals,
D.C. Circuit. He also participated on the team representing noncommercial
entities in webcasting royalty negotiations with the Recording
Industry Association of America, as authorized by Congress in
the Small Webcaster Settlement Act of 2002.
College Media Advisers presented the Reid H. Montgomery Distinguished
Service Award for work without which "many college stations'
Internet presence -- for many of them their only presence --
would have been silenced." The award, originated in 1962
and last presented in 1997, is conferred to an individual or
institution that has, in the judgment of the CMA Board of Director,
made an outstanding contribution to collegiate media or media
advising. Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. also awarded a special
commendation for Willer's work in securing an appropriate webcasting
royalty scheme. Both presentations were made at the National
College Media Convention in Dallas, Texas, which was held Nov.
Willer additionally serves as the faculty supervisor for student-operated
radio station KXUL at ULM.
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