New life for fair use?

Just a quickie, but this one’s too good to pass up.

Every three years, the Copyright Office considers exemptions to DMCA (it’s part of the law).

This time, there were some fairly dramatic exe,ptions–ones that allow circumvention of DRM (in some cases) to protect fair use rights–oh, and for ebooks, read-aloud features.

There’s also a provision that allows circumvention in order to unlock a cell phone. Ars Technica views that as a big loss for Apple. I’m not going to go there at all (the AT story is a good overview; I think it has an unfortunate headline, since that’s really not what most of the exemptions are about).

Interesting stuff. It’s been a while since fair use had any wins…

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