We've talked a bunch of times about the (somewhat ridiculous) process by which the public gets a shot, once every three years, to beg the US Copyright Office
to throw the public a bone and grant "exemptions" to the ridiculous DMCA anti-circumvention clause. This process is completely backwards. The anti-circumvention clause is a disaster that should be dumped completely. It goes against the basic principles of fair use and leads to all sorts of ridiculous situations. The fact that the public needs to beg for fair use rights seems pretty crazy. Either way, it's that time again, and the EFF looks to be taking some of that fervent anti-SOPA (and now, anti-ACTA) energy and channeling some of it into convincing the Copyright Office to take these exemptions seriously. They've set up two sites:
Each site lets you sign on to an open letter to the head of the US Copyright Office, and hopefully, finally get the Copyright Office to recognize that there are other constituents beyond the legacy entertainment industry players.... It's sad and ridiculous that the public has to beg for its own fair use rights every few years, but if it must happen, we might as well channel some of that interest and excitement into the system under which we live today. The more impact that can be made there... the more likely it is that a proactive effort in the future will actually make a difference.