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Wired: Copyright or Copy Wrong?

Feb 16, 2001, 16:49 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brad King)

"Looks like there's going to be a showdown at high noon on the Senate floor between warring authors of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. On the one side are those who believe the DMCA has allowed piracy to become rampant, and technology companies to run roughshod over property rights. On the other side are those who believe the content companies, especially in the week of the Napster ruling, have too much control."

"Since its inception in 1998, the law [DMCA] has come under attack from technologists who claim the act gives content companies too much power. Those arguments led Bruce Lehman, one of the original writers of the bill, to put together a consortium of trade and artist groups to fight those very technology companies."

"The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) wrote an open letter to the president, announcing his desire to open up hearings to discuss the effects of the Napster ruling. "I have been troubled by the possible practical problems that may arise from this decision," Hatch wrote. "I am troubled as a strong supporter and prime author of much of our copyright law and intellectual property rights."

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