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Christina's LIS Rant
Monday, May 10, 2004
  ALA | 29may05: H.R. 107 Hearing Scheduled, (Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act )
Pointed out on LISNews.com on 5/10/04.
For those of us reading Free Culture by Lessig, this bill might offer some relief to the control of culture via the architecture. From ALA:
The DMCRA is widely viewed as the first significant digital rights bill and a credible attempt to modulate some of the excesses in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). ...
H.R. 107 would:

  • Amend controversial Section 1201 of the DMCA to allow breaking a technological lock that controls access to and use of a copyrighted work if the circumvention does not result in infringement of the work
  • Decriminalize circumvention tools when they have substantial non-infringing uses
  • Allow scientists to research the strength and reliability of technological locks without subjecting themselves to civil and criminal penalties
  • Require proper labeling of "copy protected" CDs so that consumers know what device a CD can be played on.

See also: EFF's Deep Links, Slashdot, Joi Ito, and others.
 
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