by Mike Masnick
Wed, Feb 1st 2012 7:01am
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:
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