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Congressional Hearing Called on Fair Use
Posted May 4, 2004 Print Version     Page 1of 1
  

A Congressional Hearing for H.R. 107, the Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act (DMCRA), has been set for Wednesday, May 12, at 10:00 AM Eastern. The DMCRA has been acknowledged and endorsed by major industry players like Intel Corp., Philips Consumer Electronics, Sun Microsystems, Bell South, Verizon, SBC, Qwest, Gateway, and the Consumer Electronics Association, among others, as a necessary balancing mechanism to restore consumers' fair use rights in the digital era. The hearing will take place before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The DMCRA, introduced by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-VA) and John Doolittle (R- CA) and co-sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX), would re-affirm consumer fair use rights and balance the otherwise one-sided protection afforded copyright owners under current interpretations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Contrary to earlier reports, 321 Studios founder and president Robert Moore has not been asked to testify at this historic fair use Congressional hearing. 321 Studios, which had previously issued a press release saying they had been invited to participate in the hearing, issued this retraction on May 4:

321 Studios wishes to correct and clarify its statement of April 30 concerning the congressional hearing on pro-fair use legislation, H.R. 107, scheduled by the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection for Wednesday, May 12, 2004. 321 Studios has not received an invitation to appear before the subcommittee. "The company sincerely regrets any inconvenience to the members of the subcommittee and their staffs that the April 30 press release may have caused," said Robert Moore, President and Founder of 321 Studios.

http://www.house.gov/boucher/docs/dmcrahandout.htm

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