Jason Mittell, “Letting us Rip”

Jason Mittell, “Letting us Rip”

Explanation of the right of media academics to rip clips from DVDs.

From the blog post:

On Monday July 26, 2010, the U.S. Library of Congress released the policy paper, “Rulemaking on Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works.” This awkwardly titled document is the much-delayed 2009 ruling on exemptions to a particularly nefarious provision in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)—the anti-circumvention policy of the DMCA stipulates that it is illegal to bypass code that locks down a piece of software, hardware or other digital object, even if the resulting use of the copyrighted media is legal. This measure had a huge impact on scholars in a range of disciplines, who found it illegal to extract clips from DVDs to use in class, a lecture, or a digital publication.


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