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Digital ‘Fair Use’ bill draws RIAA wrath

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By Nino Marchetti

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, March 2, 2007
News Categories: Digital Media

A new bill before Congress would poke holes in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act to make it easier for consumers to enjoy digital content. The Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing US Entrepreneurship (FAIR USE) Act, co-introduced earlier this week by a Democrat and Republican in the House of Representatives would reportedly allow “customers to circumvent digital copy restrictions in six limited areas when copyright owners’ business models are not threatened.” An example of this is allowing “libraries to circumvent digital locks or secure copies of works that have been damaged, lost or stolen.” The RIAA has come out opposing the bill, while the Consumer Electronics Association, among others, supports it.

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Gizmod has done a pretty good job covering this.  Unfortunately, the FAIR USE bill doesn’t have enough teeth.  It still doesn’t protect people who want to take legally purchased DVDs and rip them to play on their computers or iPods.

Posted by alexarch on March 2, 2007 at 10:30 AM (PDT)


Thanks for posting the article, iLounge.  I called my local House Rep on it.

Posted by superape on March 2, 2007 at 5:13 PM (PDT)

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