Groups across America call on Congress to fix DMCA

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3 Responses to “Groups across America call on Congress to fix DMCA”

  1. oasisob1 says:

    Congress too busy counting money from lobbyists and media organizations to read open letter

  2. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Copyright law in general is broken.  That the words to “Happy Birthday” are still copyright protected boggles the mind.

    “The Chicago-based music publisher Clayton F. Summy Company, working with Jessica Hill, published and copyrighted “Happy Birthday” in 1935. Under the laws in effect at the time, the Hills’ copyright would have expired after one 28-year term and a renewal of similar length, falling into public domain by 1991. However, the Copyright Act of 1976 extended the term of copyright protection to 75 years from date of publication, and the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 added another 20 years, so under current law the copyright protection of “Happy Birthday” will remain intact until at least 2030.”

  3. GregS says:

    In Congress-speak, “fixing a bad law” means “make it worse.” Seriously. Open the DMCA to renegotiation and every special interest group that thinks the current law is too weak will jump into the game waving campaign contributions around as incentives to make the law worse than what it is now. So you might well get jailbreaking legalized but find a whole lot of other less welcome stuff coming with it.

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