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Electronic Frontier Foundation: EFF Alert: Copyright Office Needs Comments on DMCA

Mar 20, 2000, 17:49 (0 Talkback[s])

"The Digital Millenium [sic] Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) is a so-called "update" to the US copyright laws, that strongly favors the rights of copyright holders over all others, and may interfere strongly with fair use rights, the right to reverse engineer, the right to conduct cryptographic analyses, and many other rights held by individuals and by companies in other industries than information and entertainment content. The law could even thwart libraries' and museums' ability to archive information, and interfere with education and research in our schools and universities."

"The US Copyright Office in the Library of Congress has the job of ensuring that implementation of the DMCA does not negatively impact legitimate activities that should remain exempt from DMCA's prohibition on "circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works." The Copyright Office is asking for public comments on its proposed rules and, in this instance, for "reply comments" on previous comments submitted in an earlier round of testimony."

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