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The EFF makes it easy for users to speak out on HR 1201

Consumers have been coming under fire in regards to copyright issues thanks to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). That may change if a new bill that Congress is considering becomes law.

The Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act (DMCRA, HR 1201) would give consumers more freedom in copying CD and DVD media for their own legal use:

HR 1201 would give citizens the right to circumvent copy-protection measures as long as what they're doing is otherwise legal. For example, it would make sure that when you buy a CD, whether it is copy-protected or not, you can record it onto your computer and move the songs to an MP3 player. It would also protect a computer science professor who needs to bypass copy-protection to evaluate encryption technology.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a form for you to fill out with your personal information after which a pre-formatted email will be sent to your congressman. You can edit the subject and text of the email if you wish, but the EFF pretty much has all of the bases covered.




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By SunAngel on 3/21/2006 1:53:08 PM , Rating: 1
First off, HR1201 does not apply to encrypted DVD-video disks. It only applys to CD-audio disks that have been mis-labeled (i.e. CDs only playable in a PC but not indicated anywhere on the CD). It also suggest Congress develop ways to label DVD-audio disks with appropriate labels anyway they see fit.

Second, it does not require removable of copy-protection. It does require companies to clearly label disks that are clearly audio in nature, whether encypted or not, and can or can not be played on a standard compact-disc player.

Third, its goal is to eleviate the burdeon of lawsuits against manufacturers of device for those have significant non-infringing uses (i.e. HMDI connections that comply HDCP-copy protection requirements).

This bill in no ways underminds the DMCA. If you bypass the copy-protection of musical audio disks that have been clearly label as having protection you have broken the law. Again, this bill has nothing to do with encrypted commercial DVD-Video disks.

Please guys, take the time to understand your sources.




By spwrozek on 3/21/2006 5:21:28 PM , Rating: 4
I think people believe it deserves a zero (like myself) because he is claiming a bunch of stuff DT didn't say. They didn't say anythign about DVD-video, removing copy protection, really they didn't say anything. If you wanted to know what was going on they had a qoute from another source or you could read the bill, like I did. Although what he said was true, for the most part, he slammed on DT for no reason. Also if you read the comments before his no one metioned those things. So basically he commented on things that were not an issue for anyone. I think if you just read the bill you will understand everything by the time you are finished.


By Pythias on 3/21/2006 2:36:10 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for clearing that up. I appreciate it even if few others do.


By Antimatter on 3/21/2006 2:53:32 PM , Rating: 2
I could be wrong but from reading the bill it sounds like that's only one section of it. In particular, look at Section 5 (the last section) titled "Fair Use Amendments." More particularly, the lines that say

"in paragraph (1), by inserting before the period at the end the following: `and it is not a violation of this section to circumvent a technological measure in order to obtain access to the work for purposes of making noninfringing use of the work'"

and

"Except in instances of direct infringement, it shall not be a violation of the Copyright Act to manufacture or distribute a hardware or software product capable of substantial noninfringing uses."

That looks like a lot more than audio cds to me.


By Yawgm0th on 3/21/2006 5:09:53 PM , Rating: 4
Are you sure about all that? This is the email the EFF will send to your congressman:
quote:
HR 1201 addresses many problems stemming from the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Specifically, HR 1201 would ensure that a consumer can't be prosecuted for violating the "anti-circumvention" provisions of the DMCA, so long as her use of the underlying copyrighted material is lawful. For example, HR 1201 would remove the legal ambiguity around the act of creating a backup of a lawfully obtained DVD. It would also protect a computer science professor working with students to evaluate encryption technology.

Aslo see Antimatter's post regarding the actual bill.


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