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Old 10-03-2011, 02:27 PM   #1
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US Copyright Office wants to know which forms of DRM should be allowed to be cracked

A few days ago a notice of inquiry was issued by the US Copyright Office to determine what exemptions there should be from the prohibition against circumventing of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. US copyright law requires this to happen every 3 years, last time exemptions were granted for amongst others ebooks that have text-to-speech disabled and cellphones that disallow installing software.

So if you're American and think it should be allowed to crack the DRM on ebooks, now's the time to tell the government, just be sure to argue without resorting to catchphrases like "information wants to be free" or arguments that are not based on non-infringing use like "I already have the paper book, I deserve a free copy of the ebook."

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011...2011-25106.htm
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Maybe I'm just slow today...but I can't locate the "where to send" address...
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:07 PM   #4
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Maybe I'm just slow today...but I can't locate the "where to send" address...
Where to send is to http://www.copyright.gov/1201/comment-forms as described in section "4. Submission of Comments".

That page will exist from November 2 until December 1 2011 5:00 pm EST
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Where to send is to http://www.copyright.gov/1201/comment-forms as described in section "4. Submission of Comments".

That page will exist from November 2 until December 1 2011 5:00 pm EST
That's what I thought but when I try that link I keep getting:

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The deadline for request to testify was 5 p.m. April 3, 2009.

For further information, see Federal Register notice 74 FR 10096, issued March 9, 2009.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:13 PM   #6
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Where to send is to http://www.copyright.gov/1201/comment-forms as described in section "4. Submission of Comments".

That page will exist from November 2 until December 1 2011 5:00 pm EST

if I click that link I get

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The deadline for request to testify was 5 p.m. April 3, 2009.

For further information, see Federal Register notice 74 FR 10096, issued March 9, 2009
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:14 PM   #7
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The previous poster said that the page would exist from 2nd Nov. That's still a month away.
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Where to send is to http://www.copyright.gov/1201/comment-forms as described in section "4. Submission of Comments".

That page will exist from November 2 until December 1 2011 5:00 pm EST
It doesn't open until 11/2/11? I need more coffee...
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The previous poster said that the page would exist from 2nd Nov. That's still a month away.
lol, I just realized that...
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:48 PM   #10
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Personally I think you should be allowed to crack it on any "purchased" works. DRM makes some sense with rentals, but otherwise all it does is restrict what legitimate consumers can do with something they legitimately paid for. It certainly doesn't hinder pirates.
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Personally I think you should be allowed to crack it on any "purchased" works. DRM makes some sense with rentals, but otherwise all it does is restrict what legitimate consumers can do with something they legitimately paid for. It certainly doesn't hinder pirates.
DRM will only start making sense for rentals once it stops being used for legally owned content (purchased or free).

It totally makes sense to have restrictive terms on essentially loaned items. But in addition to all the other problems with DRM, the fact that it's used on content people supposedly own means stripping technology is probably far more ubiquitous than it might otherwise be. If owned content were DRM-free (or stripping programs were provided mainstream) and rentals had a unique DRM protocol, I doubt the demand to crack it would be anywhere near as high. Rental companies would probably save a lot of money on having to buy replacement copies.

As it stands, in addition to punishing honest consumers, DRM also hurts rental businesses.

And I was all ready with my nice letter, only to find that it's not open to submission yet! Ah well. It's in the can, at least.
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While it's a great idea for everyone here to prepare individual statements, does anyone else think that it would be worthwhile to prepare a group statement which others could support as signatories?
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THI IS WHAT I GOT!! The deadline for request to testify was 5 p.m. April 3, 2009.
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I like it.
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THI IS WHAT I GOT!! The deadline for request to testify was 5 p.m. April 3, 2009.
And if you read the earlier part of the thread then it is explained that the date you get relates to the last time they did this and the new request opens in November...
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