Friday, March 04, 2005

CLEARPLAY WATCH Legislation containing language that would carve out a copyright exemption for ClearPlay has passed out of committee. Unanimously:
While the House Judiciary Committee's copyright subcommittee approved the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act without a "no" vote, it didn't do so without controversy.

Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., decried the bill's provision that protects the ClearPlay VCR and other devices that edit purportedly offensive content from movies.

"I'm voting for it in spite of the Family Movie Act," Berman said.


Berman and many other members of the committee voted for the legislation because it includes three other provisions, the anti-camcorder provision, legislation designed to make it easier for law enforcement officials to combat the growing problem of music and movies being distributed on file-sharing networks and circulating on the Internet before they are released and renews the Library of Congress' film preservation program.

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