CONGRESS REVISITS 'FAIR USE' RESTRICTIONS IN COPYRIGHT ACT
A House subcommittee on consumer protection heard arguments yesterday on proposed amendments to the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which imposed broad restrictions on bypassing technological "locks" on DVDs and some music CDs and software programs. The amendments, sponsored by Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and John Doolittle (R-Calif.), would reinstate the provision for "fair use" of such materials, even if circumvention of copy-protection software were necessary for such use. The sale of pirated DVDs and other forms of copyright infringement would remain illegal. "Without a change in the existing law, individuals will be less willing to purchase digital media if their use of the media within the home is severely circumscribed," says Boucher. "In addition, manufacturers of equipment and software which enable circumvention for legitimate purposes will be reluctant to introduce the products into the market." It's unclear whether the Boucher-Doolittle bill has much momentum behind
it -- so far, it has only 15 co-sponsors in the House, and there is no companion Senate bill as yet. (CNet News.com 12 May 2004) For full article, see: http://news.com.com/2100-1025-5211674.html
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