Rep. Darrell Issa Wants To Make It Clear That You're Allowed To Rip Your DVDs

from the good-for-him dept

Back in October, we noted that in the latest triennial DMCA exemption review, the Copyright Office/Librarian of Congress refused to say it was legal for you to rip your own legally purchased DVDs so that you could watch them on a computer or tablet. That seems fairly ridiculous, especially given that similarly ripping your CDs is recognized as legal. Rep. Darrell Issa has apparently recognized how silly this and is planning a bill to fix the Copyright Office's mistake.
"We think we can write at least some clarifying language that would instruct the Copyright Office to more accurately define what is, in fact, fair use," Issa said in an interview [with Roll Call]. "People who make copies on their iPod for jogging are not the problem."
We won't see anything until the next session, but given that at least some of Issa's colleagues appear to agree that it's time to broaden fair use in copyright law, hopefully we can finally see some movement in Congress on bills that actually will allow greater creativity to flourish while also not making most of the nation lawbreakers for simply wanting to watch legally purchased DVDs without having to carry around the plastic discs.

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    Mike Robbins, 19 Nov 2012 @ 2:33pm

    Movie and Music Industry Abuses Stifle Innovation

    Thank you Congressman Darrell Issa for actively protecting liberty and consumer rights. Although the software exists to RIP (copy) movies from DVD disks to a hard disk drive for their ow use, consumers must have solid proof it is legal and they will not be sued or prosecuted.

    The movie and music industry abuses stifle innovation and competition, and have abused the customers.

    The continual "Mickey Mouse" copyright protection period extensions, reportedly to cater to Disney to protect their Mickey Mouse character, have gone too far and stifle innovation and competition. Although I wonder whether a trademark for the Mickey Mouse character would be sufficient to protect it.

    The purpose of copyright and patent laws is to provide a period of exclusive ownership rights to create a financial incentive for invention, creation, and innovation. But the protection was not supposed to be so long as to remove the incentive to continually invent, create, and innovate new things.

    Entertainment industry abuse of customers includes the following.

    Lobbying for laws to criminalize legal and legitimate consumer use of their legally purchased products.

    Selling one or a few good audio tracks on a CD padded with filler junk quality tracks.

    DVDs that force viewers to watch advertisements such as movie trailers, and disable the ability to skip the ad.

    Copy protection that prevents users from making legitimate backup copies of legally purchased movies without special software.

    Inserting gratitous violence and sex, and inappropriate political propaganda and social conditioning scenes into movies that often spoils the movies, such as the unnecessary and awkwardly inserted homosexual bed scene in "Burlesque" that ruined the movie.

    Mike Robbins
    PublicSafetyProject.org

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