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Rep. Boucher campaigns against copy protections

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 07 Jan 2002 14:00

Rep. Rick Boucher said on Monday that he plans to introduce a bill that would remove section 1201 from controversial DMCA law. Section 1201 currently makes it illegal to circumvent a copy-protection, even for personal, legal use. This is also the exact same section that is being used against websites that distributed DeCSS program in late 1990's in the U.S. -- DeCSS breaks copy-protection found on DVD-Video discs.
"I'm very concerned about the DMCA," Boucher said. "There's an increasing number of instances in which unjust results are reached."

Last week he sent out letters to major record labels questioning whether copy-protected audio CDs violate AHRA law that allows personal copies of music CDs.

...our readers in the U.S., start sending supporting letters to this guy, he obviously understands something :-)

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