US Lawmakers Tout DMCA Killer

A Wired Magazine article by Luke O'Brien includes:

A bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Virginia) and Rep. John Doolittle (R-California) would loosen some of the tight restrictions on consumer behavior imposed by the draconian Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 -- something the lawmakers say is long overdue.

US Citizens should take action!

These specific US politicians recognize the need to fix some of the flaws of laws which certain US government agencies policy-laundered through WIPO in 1996. This development will help Canadian politicians recognize that we need not make the same mistakes in Canada, and shouldn't ratify the 1996 WIPO treaties.

While the bill is not ideal, and should allow circumvention of a DRM for any activity that would not otherwise constitute a copyright infringement, it is a good start.

A MacWorld article by Grant Gross predictably reports that the technology-illiterate major labels oppose the bill. What will be interesting to see if technology companies like Apple, Microsoft and Sony that often try to "pass the buck" on DRM will properly support the bill or remain silent.