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H.R. 1201: DMCRA of 2005

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The Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act of 2005

11/16/05 Testimony from Prudence S. Adler, ARL, on behalf of Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) (PDF)

11/16/05 Other Written Testimony & Archives from the Hearing on "Fair Use: Its Effects on Consumers and Industry"

3/9/05 Introduced in House

3/9/05 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on the Judiciary, as provisions in the bill fall under the jurisdiction of both committees. On March 9, 2005, Congressmen Rick Boucher (D-VA), John Doolittle (R-CA), and Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1201, "Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act of 2005" (DMCRA). H.R. 1201 is similar to HR 107 (pdf), which was introduced in the 108th session of Congress. The DMCRA reaffirms fair use in a networked environment; resolves key concerns regarding hardware and software that permit significant non-infringing uses; and it allows researchers to engage in the scientific research of technological protection measures. ARL, and members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), support the DMCRA and will work to secure its passage. For more information about earlier versions of this bill, please contact Prue Adler or (202) 296-2296.