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Bi-Partisan Bill Introduced in Congress to Replace DRM with Fair Use

Remeber the open letter by Steve Jobs about the fact that DRM is crippling the digital music industry? Somebody might be listening to him. According to the Washington Post, Reps. Rich Boucher (D-Va.) and John Dolittle (R-Calif.) have introduced the “Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship” (or FAIR USE) Act to amend the fair reaching and imprope scope of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

“The Digital Millennium Copyright Act dramatically tilted the copyright balance toward complete copyright protection at the expense of the public’s right to fair use,” Boucher said in a statement. “Without a change in the law, individuals will be less willing to purchase digital media if their use of the media within the home is severely circumscribed and the manufacturers of equipment and software that enables circumvention for legitimate purposes will be reluctant to introduce the products into the market.”

This would be a huge boon to the reader of ebooks and to consumers.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. Anastasia
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 03:03:35

    Fantastic! It’s about time that someone stands up for ebook consumers. DRM is a big pain for ebook readers. My Adobe Digital Library is more often than not blocked, so that I can not access my paid for ebooks!

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