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RE: [dvd-discuss] Copyright Office to Consider Anticircumvention Exemptions

Are the "classes" classes of works, or classes
of circumstances?

-Richard M. Hartman

186,000 mi/sec: not just a good idea, it's the LAW!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric Seppanen [mailto:eds@reric.net]
> Sent: Friday, October 11, 2002 12:28 PM
> To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Copyright Office to Consider
> Anticircumvention Exemptions
> On Fri, Oct 11, 2002 at 10:46:46AM -0700, James S. Tyre wrote:
> > 1201(a)(1)(C) requires the LoC to engage in rulemaking 
> every three years to 
> > determine whether certain classes should be exempted from 
> the prohibition 
> > of 1201(a)(1).  This is the beginning of the second 
> rulemaking round.
> Here's an exemption I'd love to see:
> - any protection measure that prevents viewing by the user's 
> location or 
> region.
> Or, even more aggressively:
> - any protection measure that denies access based on 
> information other 
> than the user's posession of a legal copy of the work.
> I think it's absolutely apalling that the DVD manufacturers 
> are taking 
> advantage of a law that, on its face, is intended to reinforce the 
> *copyright* laws, in order to protect their region-coding 
> system, that 
> would otherwise have no force of law whatsoever.  This sort 
> of "bundling" 
> will only get worse in the future.
> Not to say that chapter 12 shouldn't be tossed in its 
> entirety, but hey, 
> might as well fight 'em on every front, right?