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Digital Choice and Freedom Act,

New bills aim to protect consumers' use of digital media By Heather
Fleming Phillips, Mercury News Washington Bureau-SilliconValley.com, Oct.
01, 2002 


Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, plans today to introduce the Silicon
Valley's response to a host of Hollywood-backed bills tilted in favor of
copyright holders. Lofgren's bill would ensure consumers can copy CDs,
DVDs and other digital works for personal use, just as they now do with TV
shows and audio tapes. ... Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., plans to introduce
similar legislation Thursday. ... `Lofgren's bill aims to restore what
Congress thought it was doing -- preserving fair use for people who have
lawful rights to use stuff,'' said Paula Samuelson, a law professor at
University of California-Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. ``The
Lofgren bill offers meaningful protections for a number of ordinary
activities by consumers that should be lawful under copyright law but
about which the law is presently ambiguous.''

From:digital-copyright Digest 2 Oct 2002 15:00:00 -0000 Issue 81