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 long, but in a weird way, I like to attend them (and ALA Council). Unfortunately, I was out of town and missed the hearings. So read along with me, reports on the hearings from Brandon Butler of the Washington College of Law at American University, and Rebecca Tushnet, from Georgetown Law.
Update on 1201 proceedings
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Carrie Russell is the director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Washington Office. Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books, and other public policy issues. She has an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MA in media arts from the University of Arizona.