Exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act filed by Professors Katherine Sender, Peter Decherney, and Michael X. Delli Carpini accepted by Librarian of Congress

Annenberg Professor Katherine Sender, along with Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini and Professor of Cinema Studies Peter Decherney, recently filed a request for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that was accepted this week by the Librarian of Congress. Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) prohibits the circumvention of encryption on all digital media. It is violation of the DMCA, for example, to make a digital copy of a DVD, because doing so would require breaking the copy protection. The Librarian of Congress has the power to create exemptions to section 1201 in order to protect fair use. Every three years, the Copyright Office reviews requests for exemptions and makes recommendations to the Librarian of Congress. As a result of the 2006 round of exemption requests, the Librarian of Congress created an exemption for film and media studies professors who need to create clips for use in their classes. The exemption applies to any media stored in the library of a film or media studies department. The official exemption is for: audiovisual works included in the educational library of a college or university’s film or media studies department, when circumvention is accomplished for the purpose of making compilations of portions of those works for educational use in the classroom by media studies or film professors. This exemption is in effect from November 27, 2006 - October 27, 2009.