Today, the Library of Congress released its rules on what lawful uses of copyrighted works would continue to be prohibited by the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The rules rejected Public Knowledge's request for consumers to be able to make personal copies of their DVDs, and granted, with limitations, a variety of other exemptions.
Earlier this year, Public Knowledge submitted comments to the Copyright Office as part of the Librarian of Congress’s triennial exemption review process, in support of three requests for exemptions to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision:
Today Public Knowledge filed a slew of comments with the Copyright Office. As we described earlier, part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it illegal for anyone to break digital locks placed on copyrighted material – even if their eventual use of the material is perfectly legal. Fortunately, every three years the Library of Congress (with the help of the Copyright Office) is required to grant exemptions to this law for cases where the law is interfering with otherwise legal and beneficial activities.