Renee Hobbs testified before the U.S. Copyright Office on May 6th on behalf of a proposed exemption that would allow both teachers and students to circumvent technology to enable them to "rip" exceprts of film from encypted DVDs. At the present time, teachers and students cannot make fair use of movies as a resource for teaching and learning. You can read more about this at: http://www.copyright.gov/1201/2008/index.html
Live Notes from the Copyright Hearning May 6th - 8th
U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 360 - March 12, 2009
Copyright Office Announces Public Hearings on Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies
The Copyright Office held public hearings on possible exemptions to the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. In accordance with the Copyright Act, as amended by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Office is conducting its triennial rulemaking proceeding to determine whether there are particular classes of works as to which users are, or are likely to be, adversely affected in their ability to make noninfringing uses if they are prohibited from circumventing such technological measures. The first hearing took place in Palo Alto, California, on May 1, 2009. Hearings were held in Washington, D.C., on May, 6, 7, and 8, 2009.
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