This week, IPAT student Aaron Benmark participated in a hearing at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on behalf of authors who want to use multimedia e-book technology to create new works that talk about culture, history, current events, or politics. The hearing concerned the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s ban on breaking the encryption on DVDs, Blu-ray and most other media. When artists, authors, or filmmakers want to make fair use of cultural materials for purposes like this, the law allows them to do so—but under the DMCA, if they were to *access* the material they seek to comment on, they’d have to break the law. We were in Washington to seek an exemption to this law that would lift this restriction for authors who want to make fair use in creating multimedia e-books. We were joined by Mike Wolfe of Authors Alliance, the inimitable Bobette Buster, and Molly McClurg and Blake Reid of the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic, our co-counsel in this effort.
(L to R in the photo: Jack Lerner, Molly Priya McClurg, Aaron Benmark, Bobette Buster, Blake Reid, and Michael Wolfe)