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Congressman Boucher and the DMCA

Representative Rick Boucher (D—VA) intends to introduce legislation that would modify the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to provide less protection for the owners of digitally reproducible intellectual property. According to, Boucher is upset at the arrest of a computer programmer for publicly revealing a program to circumvent copy protection codes for E-books, in violation of the law passed in 1998.

Actually, Boucher’s radical ideas about intellectual property and the Internet have been developing for some time. Earlier this year, the Center for Individual Freedom wrote to Boucher, after a speech he gave outlining some of his ideas. He did not respond. In light of his proposed legislation, that letter is reprinted below.


To read the Center’s letter to Congressman Boucher, click here.

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