DC Circ. Is Told Digital Copyright Law Chills Free Speech

By Ryan Davis (January 20, 2022, 9:08 PM EST) -- Advocates for the disabled, public libraries and documentary filmmakers have urged the D.C. Circuit to rule that a law making it a crime to circumvent technical features controlling access to copyrighted works violates the First Amendment.

Three amicus briefs were filed Wednesday in an appeal of a lower court judge's decision denying an injunction request filed by researchers challenging parts of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The lower court found they are unlikely to prove the provisions are unconstitutional.

A brief from the American Library Association, Public Knowledge and groups representing people who are blind and deaf argued that the law...

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