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Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Reform and the Right to Read

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Mark Richert

“At the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), we have worked for nearly a century to break down societal barriers and eliminate discrimination by achieving equal access to the world of copyrighted works. But for all the promise of technology to provide equal access to copyrighted works, the copyright laws that protect those works have sometimes served to impede that technology.”

Mark Richert, Esq., Director of Public Policy, was part of an expert panel at a free Public Knowledge luncheon today, entitled “DMCA Reform: Lessons from the Copyright Office’s Triennial Review.” Read his post on the Public Knowledge blog, We Should Not Have to Fight for the Right to Read, for more information about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), its anti-circumvention measures, and the impact on consumers who are blind or visually impaired. It’s time for Congress to limit the negative impacts of Section 1201 of the DMCA on the right of people with disabilities to access copyrighted books, movies, music, software, and more.

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