Friday, May 05, 2006

Fair Use Rights

May 5, 2006

A Satellite Standard Group reader forwarded an article about "Fair Use Rights". If you are a fan of satellite radio, you should take a few minutes to read the article.

The article was penned by Roy Mark and published on internetnews.com.

Excerpts from the article include:

Rep. Rick Boucher has Hollywood all flustered. Again. Don't you just hate that?

The Virginia Democrat enjoys wide respect, if not support, from both sides of the aisle for his grasp of technology issues. You may not agree with Boucher, but you almost always come away agreeing he has a point.

The latest case in point: fair use rights.

Boucher supports legislation that would allow consumers to "circumvent a technological measure in order to obtain access [to works] for purposes of making non-infringing use of the work."

H.R. 1201, the Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act of 2005, further adds, "Except in cases of direct infringement, it shall not be a violation of the Copyright Act to manufacture or distribute a hardware or software product capable of substantial non-infringing uses."

Boucher's bill would amend two key provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which currently prohibits the circumvention of a technical protection measure guarding access to a copyrighted work, even if the purpose of the circumvention is to exercise traditional consumer fair-use rights.

"We need to have a true balance in the law that respects the rights of copyright owners but also respects the rights of users," Boucher has repeatedly preached.

You can read the entire article HERE via internetnews.com

SSG would like to thank T.W. for letting us know about this.

5/05/2006 04:50:00 PM

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