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Copyright Office Creates Narrow Exemptions to DMCA

Law360 (October 30, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a setback for consumer advocates that had wanted broader exemptions, the U.S. Copyright Office late Tuesday created four narrow exemptions to the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The office made the exemptions for lists of websites blocked by filtering software, video games and computer programs made for obsolete systems, and copy-protection systems on digital e-books in cases where users seek to have them read aloud by speech-recognition software or converted into Braille (more detail below).

The decision marked a setback for academic researchers and consumer...
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