Congress Panel Hears Arguments Over Amending DMCA

Law360, New York (May 12, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A panel of the U.S. House of Representatives heard arguments Wednesday for and against amending the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Consumer advocates told the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection that Congress should amend H.R. 107, entitled the Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act (DMCRA), to allow individuals to make personal copies of DVDs and other digital content for limited purposes.

Supporters of the change charged the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibits consumers from using specialized software to bypass such electronic locks, even...
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