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Library of Congress report is critical of DMCA

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 19 Jul 2008 14:52 User comments (2)

Library of Congress report is critical of DMCA A report based on research from the Library of Congress in conjunction with a number of groups advocating the open availabillity of information in digital formats. The report paints a very negative picture of the influence the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) has had over the ability to legally archive works stored in digital form.
Specifically, the report notes "There is no specific authorization for libraries and archives to make preservation copies of published works in their collections. Section 108(c) deals with copying for replacement and does not specifically address preservation." It goes on to point out that "to be eligible for copying under this section, the work must be lost, stolen, damaged, deteriorating or in an obsolete format, and then may be copied only if, after reasonable effort, the library or archives determines that an unused replacement cannot be obtained at a fair price."

Beyond that a library may make no more than three digital copies of traditional works, which the report characterizes as insufficient to ensure the work's survival due to the relatively volatile nature of digital media. It points out that "Long term management of a digital work usually requires that multiple copies of the work be made over the course of its lifetime."

Perhaps the most troubling issue is that the three copy limit doesn't even apply to works that are already in digital form, like CDs or DVDs, but only to analog works captured and stored digitally. The report points out that there are actually no provisions for making copies of digital works, which according to their findings are the ones most in need of such preservation.

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2 user comments

119.7.2008 19:25

Great.. lets throw away our knowledge base why not.. all for the sake of greed. Often for the greed of people and businesses which have no connection whatsoever with the creation of the content. I don't expect to live off the work of my grandparents.

"who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past".. George Orwell 1984

220.7.2008 17:42


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