Public Knowledge will host a press briefing Wednesday, October 28 at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act triennial exemption process for digital locks. The DMCA’s rules against bypassing digital locks harm consumers and interfere with everyday uses of technology, holding people liable for copyright violations just for accessing their own data on their own devices.
Today, we sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, asking them to pass a strong, permanent fix to the cell phone unlocking problem, and to take a deeper look at the problems caused by the anticircumvention provisions of the DMCA. The letter, available here, is signed by over thirty consumer groups, companies, and online communities, and joined by a number of academics and activists.
We want to make sure that all of the people who were upset that the DMCA could prevent them from unlocking their phones get a solution that actually fixes the problem by changing the law, not just reversing the Library of Congress's decision and waiting for a do-over a few years from now.
So 100,000 of you (and counting) are as puzzled as we are as to why copyright laws such as the DMCA should prevent people from keeping their existing phones when they switch phone companies. By hitting that threshold of signatures several days before the 30-day deadline, the petition should generate a response from the White House.
week, a revolving door of digital media users took turns pleading with the
Copyright Office for permission to use their content. Teachers and
documentarians sought the right to create high-quality video clips for use in
their classrooms and documentaries; the visually impaired argued for the right
to enable read-aloud functionality on eBooks and enjoy movies with narrated visual
descriptions; and Public Knowledge, advocating for the public at large, sought a
right to copy lawfully owned DVDs for personal use (e.g. to play a DVD movie on
an iPad, or similar device).
did we arrive at this place, where copyright users must ask permission to use lawfully
acquired content in non-infringing ways? The short version of the story goes