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Thursday, 1 March 2007

US FAIR USE Bill

InfoReport reports that RIAA is opposing a newly introduced US Bill. Snappily entitled the Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship (FAIR USE) Act, the bill would create exceptions to the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions, enabling users to decrypt copy protection for certain fair use reasons deemed not to conflict with copyright owners’ business models. However, RIAA has said the Bill would

"allow electronics companies to induce others to break the law for their own profit…"
because
"The difference between hacking done for non-infringing purposes and hacking done to steal is impossible to determine and enforce".
The IPKat rather doubts if things are as bad as all that. Even if RIAA is correct, the wide-scale circulation of such works would still be actionable under ‘traditional’ copyright law.

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