The Digital Millenium Copyright Act has been a thorn in the side of the free software and hacker community for the first 15 years of its existence, thanks in part to the notorious "anti-circumvention" provisions in section 1201. But for the first time in the history of the law, real reform may be in the cards. And as you might expect, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is pushing for good changes — in the court, in Washington, and in the grassroots.
In this talk, I'll go through some of the history of the bill and its problems, and then address the areas where we might be able to fix it and what obstacles we have to overcome. As both sides of the debate are coming to agreement that American copyright law needs to change, it's important for free software supporters to know how that change can be made to work for them.