Most of the times, when I donate money, I don’t really expect anything back. I don’t see them as an investment to the future of the person or organization, but rather a gratitude and appreciation for the past. It was also how I saw my support of Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Today I received a press release from EFF, which made me proud to be a member and also a little extra happy about the money I donated over the last few years. It’s a big win over Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which is one law that I never liked too much. Here is a quote to get you started:
San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won three critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anticircumvention provisions today, carving out new legal protections for consumers who modify their cell phones and artists who remix videos — people who, until now, could have been sued for their non-infringing or fair use activities.
“By granting all of EFF’s applications, the Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress have taken three important steps today to mitigate some of the harms caused by the DMCA,” said Jennifer Granick, EFF’s Civil Liberties Director. “We are thrilled to have helped free jailbreakers, unlockers and vidders from this law’s overbroad reach.”
Continue reading the full press release and supporting documents.
As a side note, once again I am amazed at how much influence some American law has on my life, which happens to be far away from the United States territory. Being a daily user of many services provided by Americans and from the United States soil, I am impacted by rules and limitations faced by those people who provide those services.