New Legislation Considered To Deal With The Circumvention Techniques Of Digital Works

Washington lawmakers have introduced legislation that deals with the fair use of digital works of copyrighted works. Representatives Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and John Doolittle (D-Calif.) introduced the Digital Media Consumers Rights Act to preserve specific fair-use rights to copy digital works as well as "circumvention" rights to bypass copy protections. This bill would empower the Federal Trade Commission to force record companies to put prominent labels on copy-protected CDs warning that they may not play in some stereos and computer CD-ROM drives. The bill prepares the groundwork for Congressional debate.

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