|FROM ||Ron Guerin
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] Senator Brownback (R-Kansas) introduces Fair Use enhancing bill
Senator wants limits on copy protection
By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
June 4, 2003, 9:54 AM PT
update WASHINGTON--A conservative Republican senator said Wednesday that
he has drafted a bill that would scale back the ability of record
labels, movie studios and software companies to use anticopying
The bill, authored by Sen. Sam Brownback, would regulate digital rights
management systems, granting consumers the right to resell
copy-protected products and requiring digital media manufacturers to
prominently disclose to consumers the presence of anticopying technology
in their products.
The Kansas Republican's bill requires that a copyright holder win a
lawsuit in order to obtain the name of an alleged peer-to-peer pirate.
That would amend the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which a
federal court concluded enables a copyright holder to force the
disclosure of a suspected pirate's identity without a judge's approval.
This issue has come into play in the recording industry's recent pursuit
of the identity of a Verizon Communications subscriber.
The main thrust of the Brownback bill, however, is to slap regulations
on digital rights management (DRM) technology, which has become
increasingly popular tool in reducing the widespread copyright
infringement on the Internet. Last month, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
stressed his company's support for DRM technology. Apple Computer also
uses DRM to limit how customers can reuse music that's downloaded from
the iTunes Music Store. Some consumer groups argue that DRM infringes on
the right to make "fair use" of copyrighted works and to back up legally
purchased digital files.
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