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post #1 of 5 Old 05-18-2013, 08:22 PM - Thread Starter
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Wow, never expected this...

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/members-of-congress-finally-introduce-serious-dmca-reform/
http://lofgren.house.gov/images/stories/pdf/unlocking%20technology%20act%20-%20lofgren%20-%20042913.pdf

 

 

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Very important news. But will it pass? That's always a problem. But heartening to know that the issue is being discussed.
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Yeah, that's the unexpected part for me, that it's even on anyone's radar. I don't see it passing though once the MPAA, RIAA, etc. get behind it. They even fight this for making media, even books, accessible to the blind. Yes, the MPAA fighting e-books for the blind.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-fruchterman/poisoning-the-treaty-for-_b_3225181.html

 

 

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In reality, it's entirely moot whether it passes or not. People will copy protected content for personal use regardless of whether Big Brother gives us their blessing or not. Studios won't waste their time or resources going after people circumventing copy protection for personal use. They're more interested in the ones that are copying their intellectual property and distributing it illegally. They don't care if you make copies to play on your portable devices as long as you've paid for it. Actually, they do care, but only because they'd rather have a way that they could make an extra buck or two off the content to let you use it on your tablet or iPhone. Once it's in the consumer's hands there's not much they can do about anyone circumventing the copy protection for this purpose.

Still, it is nice to see a glimmer of sanity surface in Washington.
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In reality, it's entirely moot whether it passes or not. People will copy protected content for personal use regardless of whether Big Brother gives us their blessing or not. Studios won't waste their time or resources going after people circumventing copy protection for personal use. They're more interested in the ones that are copying their intellectual property and distributing it illegally. They don't care if you make copies to play on your portable devices as long as you've paid for it. Actually, they do care, but only because they'd rather have a way that they could make an extra buck or two off the content to let you use it on your tablet or iPhone. Once it's in the consumer's hands there's not much they can do about anyone circumventing the copy protection for this purpose.

Still, it is nice to see a glimmer of sanity surface in Washington.

The only reason companies don't come after us for ripping media for personal use is because there are laws and ISP's that prevent them from installing software on our PC's to tell them when we do it and then bill us for the misconduct.

There is no chance of this bill passing so it really doesn't matter. Maybe someone will start a petition when it doesn't pass.
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