Rick Boucher makes another attempt to defang DMCA

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by iMeowbot, Feb 28, 2007.

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    iMeowbot

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    He's a US congresscritter from Virginia, and has tried to get something like this passed before. This version tries to make less sweeping changes, in hopes that it won't be shot down.

    If passed, this would make it legal in a few extra cases to break DRM, and it would reduce the amount of hurt copyright holders could dish out. Also, it would put the Betamax decision into the code, making it harder for courts to undermine it.

    Here's the press blurb, the bill itself (PDF), and a breakdown (Word format, can display in TextEdit).
     
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    Hard to believe as it may be, the legislation is opposed by the RIAA, who say that the law, if passed, would "allow electronics companies to induce others to break the law for their own profit". Apparently they slept through the class where it was explained what lawmakers do.
     

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