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Linux Journal: Linux and Politics at CES

Jan 15, 2003, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"While the big cheeses of the consumer electronics industry make obeisance to Big Hollywood over the issue of customer control of PCs and entertainment devices, the mood at the Consumer Electronics show seems to call out for a move the other way, toward badly-needed reform for the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC) was out in the lobby to support Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher's Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act, which would reform the DMCA to allow circumvention of copy-restriction schemes for purposes other than copyright infringement.

"In the four-year history of the DMCA, the anti-circumvention provision of the law has been used only against developers of new technology, never against actual copyright infringers.

"Another interest group represented at the show was the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where Wendy Seltzer, founder of the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse is now a staff attorney..."

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