Get this: the government is asking for your opinion
and you don't even have to pay extra taxes to be heard! It's true;
starting today, you can voice your opinion on the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act (DMCA). Before you jump to the link
and start throwing terms like "rip", "De-CSS
" and "BitTorrent" around,
let's just step away from the keyboard for a second. That's it
tiger...put...the keyboard...down. Good. We don't want any itchy
trigger fingers here.
Now that we've disarmed you, let's think this through. This review of opinion is required every three years per the DMCA
, so the U.S. Copyright Office has
open the door. We didn't want you thinking that the Feds woke up and
took happy pills or anything. For any exclusions to the DMCA, you have
to prove a "substantial adverse effect on noninfringing uses."
So: what do you think about digital copyright and fair use? Is it too limiting or does it protect the right folks?
We want to know what you're going to tell the U.S. Copyright Office, especially about DTV.
Look at it this way: we won't press charges so you can use your real
name in our comments!