February 18, 2002

Four years on, digital copyright law revs up

Author: JT Smith

IDG News Service (on CNN.com) reviews the DMCA and it's new found teeth. "Sklyarov's arrest and the wave or protests that followed underscore concern over the groundbreaking legislation, which is just beginning to show its teeth in a spate of recent court cases.

Opponents of the law say that its ironclad protections against copyright infringement threaten to douse the fires of innovation and artistic expression heralded by the Internet age, and replace them with expanded and unprecedented corporate control. They paint a world in which consumers have little choice over how they use the intellectual property that they own, one in which movies, music and eBooks can only be played on one device, a world where it is forbidden to copy and share works, making libraries obsolete."

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