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Tuxers.net: Linux Users to Protest New Copyright Law in Washington, D.C.

Mar 24, 2000, 17:22 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Serge Wroclawski for this link. ]

"Members of the Linux user groups in the Washington, D.C. area have announced a protest against provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It will be held on the west side of the U.S. Capitol Building on Tuesday, March 28th, from 9-12 AM."

"The DMCA was enacted in 1998, and its most objectionable provisions took effect as Section 1201 of U.S. Code Title 17. The DMCA grants copyright holders sweeping legal protection for technological access control measures, regardless of whether those access control measures are reasonable, fair, or justified by legitimate copyright enforcement concerns. In effect, it lets copyright holders write their own arbitrary copyright laws which are nominally enforced by these access control measures (such as weak encryption). The DMCA then outlaws circumventing these access controls for virtually any reason, even by legitimate paying customers engaged in "fair use" activities."

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