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U.S. Copyright Office issues new rights – Yahoo! News

All told, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington approved six
exemptions, the most his Copyright Office has ever granted. For the
first time, the office exempted groups of users. Previously, Billington
took an all-or-nothing approach, making exemptions difficult to justify.

“I am very encouraged by the fact that the Copyright Office is
willing to recognize exemptions for archivists, cell phone recyclers
and computer security experts,” said Fred von Lohmann, an attorney with
the civil-liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Frankly I’m
surprised and pleased they were granted.”


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