Monday, October 17, 2016

Tell the Copyright Office: Copyright Law Shouldn't Punish Research and Repair

Defending your rights in the digital world
October 11, 2016 | By Corynne McSherry

Copyright Law Shouldn’t Punish Research and Repair
After eighteen years, we may finally see real reform to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s unconstitutional pro-DRM provisions. But we need your help.

In enacting the “anti-circumvention” provisions of the DMCA, Congress ostensibly intended to stop copyright “pirates” from defeating DRM and other content access or copy restrictions on copyrighted works and to ban the “black box” devices intended for that purpose. In practice, the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions haven’t had much impact on unauthorized sharing of copyrighted content. Instead, they’ve hampered lawful creativity, innovation, competition, security, and privacy.


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