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Time to re-write the DMCA


Time to rewrite the DMCA
By Rick Boucher
January 29, 2002, 12:00 PM PT

A sample of: To counter this emerging threat to traditionally accepted
fair-use values, Congress must rewrite the law. We should begin by
revising section 1201, which is at the heart of the Felten and 2600
magazine litigations, and which can be used to keep library patrons from
copying even a paragraph from a book without making a separate payment.

The only conduct that should be declared criminal is circumvention for the
purpose of infringing a copyright. That approach would provide adequate
protection for copyright owners without abridging the legitimate fair-use
rights of consumers, libraries, educators and other users.

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