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EFFector - Volume 13, Issue 3 - EFF Alert: Copyright Office Needs Comments on DMCA

   
   EFFector       Vol. 13, No. 3       Mar. 17, 2000       editor@eff.org
                                      
   A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation     ISSN 1062-9424
                                      
  IN THE 151st ISSUE OF EFFECTOR (now with over 23,000 subscribers!):
  
     * EFF Alert: Copyright Office Needs Comments on DMCA
          + Intro
          + What YOU Can Do
          + Resources
     * Administrivia
       
   For more information on EFF activities & alerts: http://www.eff.org
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EFF Alert: Copyright Office Needs Comments on DMCA

    Alert issued Mar. 16, 2000.   Please redistribute to relevant forums, until
    Apr. 1, 2000
    
   An HTML version of this alert is available at:
   http://www.eff.org/ip/DMCA/20000316_eff_dmca_alert.html
   
  Intro:
  
   The Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) is a so-called
   "update" to the US copyright laws, that strongly favors the rights of
   copyright holders over all others, and may interfere strongly with
   fair use rights, the right to reverse engineer, the right to conduct
   cryptographic analyses, and many other rights held by individuals and
   by companies in other industries than information and entertainment
   content. The law could even thwart libraries' and museums' ability to
   archive information, and interfere with education and research in our
   schools and universities.
   
   The US Copyright Office in the Library of Congress has the job of
   ensuring that implementation of the DMCA does not negatively impact
   legitimate activities that should remain exempt from DMCA's
   prohibition on "circumvention of technological measures that control
   access to copyrighted works." The Copyright Office is asking for
   public comments on its proposed rules and, in this instance, for
   "reply comments" on previous comments submitted in an earlier round of
   testimony.
   
   The testimony covered many questions, but the most important ones are
   covered in EFF's comments, at:
   http://www.eff.org/ip/DMCA/20000217_eff_dmca_comments.html
   
   The comment deadline is now Fri., Mar. 31 2000.
   
  What YOU Can Do:
  
   Read some of the most important prior comments (see below), and think
   about them, then submit new comments that:
    1. supporting our original comments and those of likeminded prior
       respondents who are seeking continued protection of fair use,
       reverse engineering and other rights;
    2. criticizing the "infotainment" industry's anti-freedom position in
       which their monetary interests would be protected at the expense
       of all others; and
    3. informing the Copyright Office of vital reverse engineering,
       research, security, fair use and other rights and needs that would
       be harmed by the Copyright Office accepting the content control
       industry's position - they need really great, original examples,
       especially from experts in technical and other fields.
       
   Sending comments via e-mail:
   
     Send to 1201@loc.gov a message containing the name of the person
     making the submission, his or her title and organization (if the
     submission is on behalf of an organization), mailing address,
     telephone number, telefax number (if any) and e-mail address. The
     message should also identify the document clearly as either a
     comment or reply comment. The document itself must be sent as a
     MIME attachment, and must be in a single file in either: (1) Adobe
     Portable Document File (PDF) format (preferred); (2) Microsoft Word
     Version 7.0 or earlier; (3) WordPerfect 7 or earlier; (4) ASCII
     text file format; or (5) Rich Text File (RTF) format. (If you use a
     modern e-mail program like Eudora, Netscape Communicator or MS
     Outlook, simply use the file attachment command, and it will
     automatically be sent in the standard MIME format.)
     
  Resources:
  
   The Copyright Office's Request for Reply Comments (for current round
   of comments) + background:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/anticirc.html
   
   Federal Register Notice with full instructions for sending comments:
   http://www.loc.gov/copyright/fedreg/65fr6573.html
   
   The Copyright Office's Notice of Inqurity (with questions for original
   round of comments) + more background:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/fedreg/64fr66139.pdf (PDF file)
   
   Full text of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Public Law 105-304
   (1998):
   http://www.eff.org/ip/DMCA/hr2281_dmca_law_19981020_pl105-304.html
   
   All prior comments (HTML index to PDF-format documents):
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments
   
   
   Important prior comments (pro-freedom):
   
   Electronic Frontier Foundation:
   http://www.eff.org/ip/DMCA/20000217_eff_dmca_comments.html (HTML)
   
   Assn. for Computing Machinery:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/171.pdf (PDF file)
   
   Computer & Communiations Industry Assn.:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/224.pdf (PDF file)
   
   MIT Media Lab:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/185.pdf (PDF file)
   
   Library of Congress (National Digital LIbrary Program, and the Motion
   Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Div.):
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/175.pdf (PDF file)
   (Yes, even the Library of Congress itself criticizes the DMCA!)
   
   Princeton University:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/235.pdf (PDF file)
   
   Assn. of American Universitities, American Council on Education, and
   Natl. Assn. of State Universities:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/161.pdf (PDF file)
   
   American Library Assn., American Assn. of Law Libraries, Assn. of
   Research Libraries, Medical Library Assn., and Special Libraries
   Assn.:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/162.pdf (PDF file)
   
   
   Important prior comments (anti-freedom):
   
   Time-Warner Inc.:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/043.pdf (PDF file)
   
   Motion Picture Association of America:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/209.pdf (PDF file)
   
   Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/190.pdf (PDF file)
   
   
   You might also like to examine some of the intelligent comments
   submitted by concerned individuals, such as...
   
   Michael Sims:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/139.pdf (PDF file)
   
   Prof. Peter D. Junger:
   http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/1201/comments/203.pdf (PDF file)
   
   Hopefully YOU will add more such comments. Remember, the deadline is
   Mar. 31.
   
   Coming in the next issue of EFFector - an alert about UCITA, a bill
   being considered by state legislatures that grants even more rights to
   intellectual property holders at the expense of everyone else.
   
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