Smith Bill Proposes DMCA Expansion

“For the last few years, a coalition of technology companies, academics and computer programmers has been trying to persuade Congress to scale back the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

“Now Congress is preparing to do precisely the opposite. A proposed copyright law would expand the DMCA’s restrictions on software that can bypass copy protections and grant federal police more wiretapping and enforcement powers.

“The draft legislation, created by the Bush administration and backed by Rep. Lamar Smith, already enjoys the support of large copyright holders such as the Recording Industry Association of America. Smith, a Texas Republican, is the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees intellectual-property law.”

Declan McCullagh. Congress Readies Broad New Digital Copyright Bill. April 24, 2006.


The Patry Copyright Blog. The DMCA: Successful in What? April 28, 2006.

Rep. Lamar Smith. Copyright Controversies: Freedom, Property, Content Creation, and the DMCA. (.ram) Cato Institute. April 26, 2006.

CopyCense™: K. Matthew Dames on the law, business, and technology of digital content. A business venture of Seso Digital LLC.

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04/27/2006 at 08:53

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