- Are you opposed to copyright protection for digital works?
- Do you support illegal copying?
- So what's the problem?
- Isn't the whole point of copyright to protect the rights of authors?
- What are some examples of the balance that used to exist?
- What are some examples of this shift in the balance of copyright?
- Copy Protection
- You're joking, right? Of course I can make a copy of a CD or record a TV show!
- But how can they stop me from copying a CD?
- Can't I always make analog recordings?
- Don't we need these "anti-circumvention" laws to protect creative works?
- But how do you prevent illegal copying if you allow circumvention technologies?
- I don't see what legitimate uses circumvention technology could have. Isn't it just a tool for hackers who want to steal content?
- So what can we do about this problem?
- The DMCA, SSSCA, and CBDTPA
- What is the DMCA?
- What's wrong with the DMCA?
- What is the CBDTPA (formerly known as the SSSCA)?
- What's wrong with the CBDTPA?
- Don't these new laws already provide exemptions for fair use?
- Couldn't we fix things by adding better exemptions to existing laws?
- The BPDG
- What is the BPDG?
- How would the BPDG's rules work?
- What's wrong with the BPDG?
- But doesn't the BPDG represent a consensus?
- Do fair use rights for consumers harm the content industry?
- Do fair use rights for consumers harm artists and creators?
- Do anti-circumvention copyright laws harm innovation?
- But I thought the DMCA had a special exemption for reverse engineering?
- Do copyright laws affect libraries?
- Alliance For Digital Progress
- What is the Alliance for Digital Progress?
- Why did DigitalConsumer join ADP?
- Some members of ADP support copy-protection technology. Has DigitalConsumer sold out?
- How will this impact DigitalConsumer's position on fair use?
6. Alliance For Digital Progress
The Alliance for Digital Progress (ADP) is a coalition of
businesses and consumer groups. ADP's mission is to convince
Congress to reject the entertainment industry's call for
government-mandated copy-protection technology.
"ADP believes that the best ways to meet consumer expectations and
fight piracy include market-driven efforts to educate consumers,
create digital distribution strategies, develop innovative
technology, and enforce existing laws. ADP strongly opposes efforts
to make the government design and mandate copy-protection
We recognize that in order to stop truly egregious legislation like
the Hollings Bill (3.4), we need to rally as many groups as
possible. The entertainment industry spends millions of dollars
trying to erode our fair use rights, so we need to counterbalance
their lobbying with a broad coalition.
The entertainment industry has spent about $20,000,000 per year
over the past few years.
Definitely not. Some members of the ADP (such as Microsoft) clearly
support strong copy-protection that will reduce consumer fair use
rights. However, our participation in ADP does not mean that
we support such copy-protection schemes. While we oppose
Microsoft and other ADP members on fair use issues, we all agree
that the worst possible outcome is a government mandate.
By participating in ADP, we can help influence ADP's lobbying
efforts to be more favorable to consumer fair use.
Our participation in ADP will have no impact on our other lobbying
efforts. We will continue to fight for affirmative legislation that
protects fair use, and we will continue to fight against the abuse
of copyright law.