Click to viewWait a minute… could this be… good news on the DRM front? Really? Somebody pinch me.
Reps. Rich Boucher (D-Va.) and John Dolittle (R-Calif.) introduced their "Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship" (or FAIR USE) Act today, one that aims to make crippled DRM illegal. Check it:
"The Digital Millennium Copyright Act dramatically tilted the copyright balance toward complete copyright protection at the expense of the public's right to fair use. Without a change in the law, individuals will be less willing to purchase digital media if their use of the media within the home is severely circumscribed and the manufacturers of equipment and software that enables circumvention for legitimate purposes will be reluctant to introduce the products into the market."
Holy crap, have these guys been reading The Giz? I'm just going to go ahead and take credit for this. You're welcome, everyone. Now let's just make sure this gets passed, OK?
Digital 'Fair Use' Bill Introduced In Congress [Washington Post]