"Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., said he plans to introduce a
bill that would eliminate the "anti-circumvention" clause of the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a 1998 law that updated
copyright laws for the digital era.
Intended to discourage piracy, the clause has come under
increasing fire over the past year by people who say it imposes
severe limits on the rights of consumers to make personal backup
copies or otherwise control music they have purchased. The clause
has inspired high-profile court battles and made a minor celebrity
out of Dmitry Sklyarov, the Russian programmer jailed for writing a
program that defeated a copy-protection measure in Adobe Systems'
Boucher told an audience of musicians, lawyers and music
industry executives at the Future of Music policy summit that his
bill would modify section 1201 of the DMCA to allow consumers to
defeat copy-protection measures for legitimate personal uses, but
it would still outlaw circumvention efforts for piracy."