CCIA Applauds Introduction of FAIR USE Act of 2007
The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) hailed the introduction of H.R. 1201, the Freedom And Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship Act of 2007. The bill proposes modifications to the U.S. Copyright Act that are designed to foster fair use rights that promote creativity without discouraging technological innovation.
"This legislation demonstrates that Representatives Boucher, Doolittle, and Lofgren have their finger on the pulse of our digital future," said CCIA President and CEO Ed Black.
The bill limits statutory damages for secondary copyright liability, codifies the Sony "Betamax" rule that protects from copyright liability devices which enable substantial non-infringing uses, and establishes exceptions to certain anticircumvention provisions in the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
"This bill promises to remedy the worst excesses of our secondary liability doctrines and the DMCA," said CCIA Senior Counsel Matthew Schruers. "Instituting these reforms will help to ensure that copyright law protects artists without stifling innovation."
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