CNET News: Congress to Take on Spam, Copyright
Jan 09, 2003, 04:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"One issue that is sure to remain a flash point this session
will be the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which has
been the focus of intense scrutiny and a number of lawsuits.
Beloved by the entertainment industry, the DMCA broadly prohibits
bypassing the kind of copy-protection technology used in DVDs,
computer software and electronic books.
"On Tuesday, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and three other
legislators reintroduced their bill from last year that would
defang the DMCA. Their proposal, called the Digital Media
Consumers' Rights Act, would let Americans bypass
copyright-protection schemes for legitimate 'fair use'
"'The reintroduced legislation will assure that consumers who
purchase digital media can enjoy a broad range of uses of the media
for their own convenience in a way which does not infringe the
copyright in the work,' Boucher said..."