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Congress readies new bill to expand DMCA, not shrink it [ip]
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 19:24:42 -0400

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From: Declan McCullagh <declan () well com>
Date: April 24, 2006 5:34:28 PM EDT
To: Politech <politech () politechbot com>
Subject: [Politech] Congress readies new bill to expand DMCA, not shrink it [ip]

I've placed the text of the draft bill here:


http://news.com.com/Congress+readies+broad+new+digital+copyright+bill/ 2100-1028_3-6064016.html

Congress readies broad new digital copyright bill
Published: April 23, 2006, 6:00 AM PDT
Last modified: April 24, 2006, 10:00 AM PDT

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 seen by CNET News.com 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.

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