Librarian of Congress Issues DRM Exemptions Under the DMCA
In a recent statement from the Librarian of Congress, I am pleased with the first exemption that grants faculty at colleges and universities the ability to break legally acquired DVDs: to accomplish the incorporation of short portions of motion pictures into new works for the purpose of criticism or comment, and where the person engaging in circumvention believes and has reasonable grounds for believing that circumvention is necessary to fulfill the purpose of the use in the following instances:
- Educational uses by college and university professors and by college and university film and media studies students;
- Documentary filmmaking
- Noncommercial videos
I wanted to zero in on this first exemption which will be much appreciated by our Film and Media Communications Program. Our students are constantly running up against this copyright brick-wall as they try to create and critique film. Seems to me this was a priority of Lawrence Lessig’s interpretation of Fair Use and the TEACH Act. The Center for Social Media has got to be happy.
Anyways, way to go Librarian of Congress (is that a person?).
Good Blog Post from Jason Mittell, Expanded fair use rights for everyone!