“Unlocking Technology,” Common Sense Legislation

Last week, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Unlocking Technology Act, H.R. 1892, copyright legislation that would allow consumers to circumvent digital rights management on smart phones, e-readers, DVDs, and other digital products for non-infringing purposes.

As one who has prepared for and attended the Copyright Office’s triennial 1201 rulemaking proceedings for the past 14 years, all I can say is “hallelujah.” The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), of which ALA is a member, posted this statement (pdf) in response to the announcement.

Carrie Russell is the Director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books and other public policy issues. She has a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MA in media arts from the University of Arizona. She can be reached via e-mail at crussell@alawash.org.

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