RIAA Boycott: "Fair Use" Bill Falls Short of Sweeping Digital Rights Reform

Yesterday we told you about this FAIR USE bill that's been introduced in Congress, and we were pretty happy to hear about it. Now that people have had the time to really get into the guts of the bill, it looks like it might not be the savior we were hoping for. The experts at Ars Technica took a long, hard look at the bill, and they left less than impressed.

"The problem is that, unlike previous versions of the legislation, Boucher's new bill offers no legal protections for the developers of software like Handbrake. As a result, the tools required to exercise fair use are difficult to find, not as user-friendly as they could be, and not supported by major software companies like Apple and Microsoft. Perhaps worst of all, the law makes it impossible for legitimate software firms (in the United States, at least) to develop new software to make innovative uses of content obtained from DVDs, iTunes, or other DRM-encumbered formats."
So the bill looks to be a lot of talk without the teeth that it would need to have real, long-lasting effects on the current state of digital media. Bummer, dudes. Looks like we still have a lot of work to do.

FAIR USE Act analysis: DMCA reform left on the cutting room floor [Ars Technica]