The President's Column
What's new with the controversial Digital Millennium
Copyright Act? In this month's Scanning IP section
I discuss the exemptions to the DMCA that Congress just approved.
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The DMCA Exemptions
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act has been praised by some,
vilified by others. Many don't know that the DMCA specifically allows
copying of protected works by researchers, libraries, nonprofits,
and academic institutions. Also, the Librarian of Congress is required
to issue exemptions from the prohibition against circumvention of
access-control technology when such technology prevents people from
making non-infringing uses of copyrighted works. The current exemptions,
issued just last week are described below. Note that all of these
allowable uses assume that the person copying the work has purchased
the work or has otherwise rightfully obtained it.
- To copy short portions of movie DVDs for the purpose of criticism
or comment, specifically:
To enable computer programs that allow cell phones to run software
applications written for other cell phones (known as "jailbreaking"
To enable computer programs that allow used cell phones to
connect to a phone network as long as it is authorized by the
operator of the network.
To run video games on personal computers for the purpose of
testing for, investigating, or correcting security flaws or vulnerabilities.
To bypass broken or obsolete dongles that prevent a program
To enable an ebook's read-aloud function or screen readers
that convert the text into a specialized format.
- Educational uses
- Documentary filmmaking
- Noncommercial videos
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