By: Staff Reports
Copyright Holders Say Change Is Unnecessary
WASHINGTON – (The Hollywood Reporter) The clash between old and new
media over the nation’s copyright law began in earnest Wednesday as
the entertainment industry sought to head off an attempt to rewrite
the 2-year-old Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which makes it
illegal to manufacture, import, or traffic in devices that
circumvent technologies protecting copyrights in cyberspace.
During a hearing before a panel of officials from the U.S.
Copyright Office and the Commerce Department’s National
Telecommunications and Information Administration, copyright
companies argued that changes to the DMCA are unnecessary and
would lead to rampant piracy. And content owners like publishers
and movie studios said changes to existing copyright law aren’t
But companies like Napster argue that the current law restricts
their ability to do business and ignores new technologies.
The Copyright Office and Commerce Department are charged with
reviewing the DMCA’s impact and recommending changes. Public
hearings will be held during the next six months.
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