February 27, 2007


I support the FAIR USE Act (per EFF)

But then, you knew that already ...

Finally, the bill would loosen the grip of the DMCA, which restricts circumvention of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions even for lawful uses. The FAIR Use Act adds 12 exemptions, including the ability to circumvent for classic fair use purposes like news reporting, research, commentary, and criticism.

Broader DMCA and copyright reform remains absolutely necessary, but if passed this bill would be a big first step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, I doubt my blogging about it will do any good, because of preaching to choir (or to the "opposition researchers", but same thing).

[Update: memesterbation (linking because everyone else is linking ...) ]

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in dmca | on February 27, 2007 08:26 PM (Infothought permalink)
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"But then, you knew that already ..."

Actually, I did not - specifically that this bill exists, let alone is up for consideration. I for one am glad to hear it.

Posted by: Ethan at February 28, 2007 10:04 AM

I was also unaware that Boucher was back on the case. Thanks. And I see that the group that comes up with reverse acronyms for bill names is still hard at work. (I acronymized this mythical body as OLD FARTS once, but have since forgotten what the spelled-out version was.)

Posted by: walt at February 28, 2007 10:36 AM