A U.S. House subcommittee will hold a hearing on a bill that would allow consumers to make personal copies of digital entertainment like DVDs.
Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., author of the Digital Media Consumers Rights Act said consumers should not always have to worry about being slapped with a lawsuit every time they make a copy of their favorite videos. Bouchers bill allows owners of DVDs and other works that have a digital lock to bypass the security and copy the work so long as the user is engaging in “fair use” of the product and not infringing upon its copyright.
The new bill amends the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which allowed copyright holders to put digital locks on their work and makes it illegal to break those locks.
The hearing is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.
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