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Wired: Fear of a Pay-Per-Use World

Oct 09, 2000, 22:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Oscar S. Cisneros)

"Critics of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act are asking the librarian of Congress to preserve traditional fair-use and free-speech rights by carving out exceptions to the law."

"Unless some exceptions are created, they argue, the entertainment industry will have more control than the Constitution allows. One concern is that this could lead to a pay-per-use world where consumers don't truly own the books, movies and music they purchase...."

"But because Congress feared the potentially adverse effects of giving copyright owners lock-and-key rights to their works, it delayed the effective implementation date of this portion of the DMCA by two years and mandated a study period by the librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office."

"The two years are up, and on Oct. 28, the librarian of Congress will announce new rules governing the access provisions of the DMCA."

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