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Congress readies new bill to expand DMCA, not shrink it

I've placed the text of the draft bill here:
http://www.politechbot.com/docs/house.dmca.copyright.bill.042406.pdf

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http://news.com.com/Congress+readies+broad+new+digital+copyright+bill/2100-1028_3-6064016.html

Congress readies broad new digital copyright bill
Published: April 23, 2006, 6:00 AM PDT
Last modified: April 24, 2006, 10:00 AM PDT

For the last few years, a coalition of technology companies, academics 
and computer programmers has been trying to persuade Congress to scale 
back the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Now Congress is preparing to do precisely the opposite. A proposed 
copyright law seen by CNET News.com would expand the DMCA's restrictions 
on software that can bypass copy protections and grant federal police 
more wiretapping and enforcement powers.

The draft legislation, created by the Bush administration and backed by 
Rep. Lamar Smith, already enjoys the support of large copyright holders 
such as the Recording Industry Association of America. Smith, a Texas 
Republican, is the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives 
subcommittee that oversees intellectual property law.

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Posted by Declan McCullagh on Apr 24, 2006 in category intellectual-property


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