A new ruling allows film and media studies educators to circumvent CSS copyprotection found on most DVDs. The Librarian of Congress has announced new exemptions from the anti-cicumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
At the US Copyright Office site you can get a PDF copy of the full 88 page recommendation for this round of rulemaking. Detailed discussion of the 2006 exemptions begins on page 12 with an explication of the exemption for audiovisual works.
The Librarian of Congress has announced a temporary extention of existing regulations regarding classes of copyrighted works exempted from the anticircumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. New class exemptions for the period ending October 27, 2009 will be announced in the next few weeks.
The FCC's proposed regulation requiring consumer electronic devices to be equipped to recieve digital markers embedded in digital television signals and dvd encryption schemes (this includes television receivers, PCs, and DVD recording and playback equipment) was rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Washington D.C. Circuit on Friday, 5/6/05.
This ruling is a victory for proponents of interoperable computing and free and open access to digital information. The proposed regulation, known as the "Broadcast Flag" was challenged in court by a coalition of public interest organizations including the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association, Special Libraries Association, as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Read more online at the PublicKnowledge.org