Google, Others Weigh In On "Fair Use" Before Congress

Law360, New York (November 17, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A debate over a sticky copyright issue found its way from the courtroom into Congress this week as advocates and opponents of proposed legislation challenging the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) spoke before a House subcommittee.

The challenge to the DMCA is the Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act of 2005 (DMCRA), penned by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) to ensure fair use of copyrighted material isn’t hindered by the DMCA’s technological restrictions. The Act also seeks to alter labeling rules on compact discs.

The new DMCRA...
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