Annenberg Ph.D. candidate Bill Herman recently published an article in the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (Vol. 24, No. 1) with Annenberg Professor Emeritus Oscar Gandy, Jr. The article, "Catch 1201: A Legislative History and Content Analysis of the DMCA Exemption Proceedings," is a critique of the US Copyright Office's implementation of a key portion of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Bill also was quoted recently in U.S. Congressional testimony. Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn cited him in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21, defending the right to make analog copies of digital media content. In preparing for his own testimony before the Copyright Office on April 3, Bill did an informal survey of media studies faculty and found that a majority of them rely on digital-to-analog conversion to make classroom use of movies on DVD. Sohn was testifying against a bill that would make it illegal to sell technology that facilitates this copying.