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Copyright Office Suggests Fixes by Congress on Digital Access

Sept. 16, 2020, 9:17 PM

A copyright anti-circumvention law would benefit from certain targeted fixes by Congress, including a clarification of the ban on services to get around digital access controls, the U.S. Copyright Office’s general counsel told lawmakers.

The basic framework of the law, Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is sound, Regan Smith, general counsel and associate register of copyrights for the Copyright Office, said Wednesday during a hearing of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property.

But there are concerns that anti-trafficking provisions could prevent people from helping others who are entitled to circumvent the digital locks under certain exemptions. The ...

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