Fair Use Has a Posse! DMCA Amended.

Jump! Jump!The DMCA was amended today to extend stronger protections to Fair Use with the EFF as the valiant lobbyist. So excited! Newly protected groups:

  • Computer Owners
  • Vidders
  • iPhone Jailbreakers
  • Professors
  • Documentary Film Makers
  • Videogamers
  • White-Hat security hackers
  • iPhone users generally
  • Fans

PS: If you are entirely confused about all these terms d’art I’m using, check out this great vid explaining Fair Use and our current copyright system in the U.S., using Disney characters:

Inspirational Quote:

“The primary objective of copyright is not to reward the labor of authors, but ‘[t]o promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.’  To this end, copyright assures authors the right to their original expression, but encourages others to build freely upon the ideas and information conveyed by a work. This result is neither unfair nor unfortunate. It is the means by which copyright advances the progress of science and art.”-Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., 499 US 340, 349(1991)

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