December 15, 2002

Copyright Office exasperation on DMCA exemption comments

I hadn't realized how exasperated the Copyright Office sounds now, on their comment submission form :

Most of the comments we have received appear to address only technological measures that prohibit or limit "copying" rather than measures that prevent unauthorized access or limit access to copyrighted works. The adverse effect of "copy" protection measures is beyond the scope of this rulemaking. Similarly, the prohibitions against "trafficking" in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof that circumvents access or copy protection measures contained in section 1201(a)(2) and 1201(b) are also beyond the scope and statutory authority of this rulemaking. 17 U.S.C. sec.1201(a)(1)(B) and (C). The scope of this rulemaking is limited, by statute, to the examination of evidence of the adverse effects of the prohibition on circumvention of measures that protect "access" to copyrighted works.

Translation (I think :-)): Stop bugging us about the DeCSS and Elcomsoft/Sklyarov cases! It's not our problem! We can't do anything about it!

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in dmca | on December 15, 2002 11:57 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups

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