Theater of the DMCA Anticircumvention Hearings
Every three years, as mandated by Congress in Sec. 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act , the Librarian of Congress and Register of Copyrights conduct a rulemaking on exemptions from the DMCA's prohibition on circumvention of access controls protecting copyrighted works.
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#1 May 21, 2009
DRM digital Rights Management part of the DMCA legislation that was created by the recording industry and media companies is one of the WORST examples of corruption and bribery in our governments history.
I'm really quite surprised than CNN posted any news at all that might link to the DMCA as if the public had any real knowledge or input in this legislation it would never have passed and any lawmaker who voted for it would lose the next election.
The DMCA has been used to
Prevent refilling of ink cartridges for printers.
Deny Blind people from access to ebooks
Prevent Auto repair shops from working on late model cars
Teenagers singing "Winter Wonderland" being censored off YouTube!
It was even invoked against the famous Obama "Hope" picture!
Apple owners, Apple uses DRM to:
lock iPhones to AT&T and Apple's iTunes App Store
prevent recent iPods from syncing with software other than iTunes
Apple requires iPod accessory vendors to use a licensed "authentication chip" in order to make accessories to access certain features on newer iPods and iPhones this means a third party cannot make accessories for Ipods without paying Apple for the chip(and guess who gets to pay for this?)
It's hard to find an area of our lives that the DMCA hasn't NEGATIVELY impacted, yet it passed through a bought and paid for congress with little attention from the media that paid for it.
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