Industry Groups Review Exemptions to Digital Copyright Rules
For example, EFF proposals that DVD owners be permitted to skip the “unskippable” ads at the beginning of DVDs were rejected by the Copyright Office. So were the group’s proposals to enable consumers to bypass region coding to play a DVD purchased in another part of the world, according to a Nov. 30, 2005, EFF document.
The EFF declined from submitting any proposals for review during the current rule-making process, because it says, “Where consumer interests are concerned, the rulemaking process is simply too broken,” according to its report.
Congress initiated the triennial rule-making proceeding as a fail-safe mechanism for temporarily adjusting the copyright provision of the DMCA when it is demonstrated that the law causes an adverse impact on noninfringing uses of particular classes of works, the groups involved in DMCA said.
“As the Copyright Office seeks to measure proposed exceptions against these criteria, copyright owners look forward to active participation in all phases of the proceeding, which will culminate next fall in the Librarian of Congress’ decision.”