British Library Wants Sane Copyright Laws

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Aron Schatz
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September 25, 2006
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The British Library has called for restrictions on the use of DRM which precludes people from using material that would normally be accessable under copyright law. It is making the tide turn to favor contract law over copyrights. We cannot give businesses this type of power.

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"DRM is a technical device, but it's being used in an all-embracing sense. It can't be circumvented for disabled access or preservation, and the technology doesn't expire (as traditional copyright does). In effect, it's overriding exceptions to copyright law," Brindley said. The British Library hopes to protect statutory exceptions and fair dealing, which enable libraries to make and preserve copies of content, and make them available for research purposes and for disabled people.

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