Copyright Comments . . .

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The Copyright Office will be seeking comments about possibly revising the current exemptions from the anti-circumvention provisions of DMCA, but if you read the instructions, it looks like the only comments they want will practically have to be legal treatises.

Since they won’t even begin to start accepting comments until November 19, there’s time to put one together.

I’ll tell you right now, any change, even for reasonably legitimate reasons, is going to be a tough sell. For one thing, when this has happened before, the Copyright Office kept saying, “No evidence, no proof.”

Well, let’s tip a toe into the evidence water. Just to get a slightly educated guess, we ask you the following:

  • Have you ever had a “broken” software CD?
  • How did it display its “brokenness?”
  • Did you try to get a replacement from the company? What happened? Was there a warranty period? What was the company’s replacement policy during the warranty? After the warranty?

    Not saying this is going to do any good (probably won’t), more like seeing whether or not this is worth further pursuing.


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