Tag Archives: Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Changes to copyright liability calculus counterproductive

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ALA – as part of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) – submitted a second round of comments in the Copyright Office’s study on the effectiveness of the notice and takedown provisions of Section 512. In its comments, LCA argues that the effectiveness of federal policies to improve access to information and enhance education (such as the National Broadband Plan adopted by ... Read More »

Market solves infringement problem? Yeah, right.

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“Let the market solve the problem” is a familiar refrain especially for those who want smaller government and fewer regulations. Frequently the market does solve the problem because the government is unable or not successful. The government’s failed attempt to combat piracy—SOPA—is an example. The public roundly opposed it and said that it was overkill, a threat to security, privacy, ... Read More »

Update on 1201 proceedings

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In the last two weeks, the Copyright Office held ten hearings in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. and heard the arguments for and against circumvention of digital locks—Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act—on the proposed classes of works, including cell phones, video games, e-readers, and oh yes, farm equipment. Many have said that these hearings are unbearable and ... Read More »

Another round of foolishness with the DMCA

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It’s that time again when the U.S. Copyright Office accepts proposals for exemptions to the anti-circumvention provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Huh? The DMCA (which added chaff to the Copyright Act of 1976) includes a new Chapter 12 regarding “technological protection measures” which is another name for digital rights management (DRM). The law says that it is ... Read More »