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Tech group calls for changes in copyright warnings

Posted: 03 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), a trade group composed of several high-tech companies including Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., has asked U.S. federal regulators to order changes in copyright warnings, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The group said in a statement that copyright statements that appear at the start of most DVDs and pro sports broadcasts and movies go too far and discourage legal use of the content.

The complaint protested statements used by Major League Baseball, the National Football League and NBC Universal and Dreamworks Animation Inc., among others. The complaint seeks the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to order the companies to stop using current copyright language and launch a marketing campaign to inform consumers of their rights under fair use laws.

A statement issued by NBC Universal said there is nothing "unlawful, untruthful or inaccurate about the warning labels on our movies, which adhere to long accepted legal standards and are nearly identical to warnings used by some of CCIA's own members."

In a statement by CCIA spokesman Will Rodger, he said "the bottom line is that the copyright holder is not the final arbiter of how his work can be used. Copyrights are granted by the federal government and it's 'we the people' who decide where to draw that line between what's legal and what is not."

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