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Reconsidering the DMCA

R. Polk Wagner

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Houston Law Review, Vol. 42, p. 1107, 2005

This brief essay extends the analysis in On Software Regulation, 78 S. Cal. L. Rev. 457 (2005), to the anticircumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. I argue that the DMCA should be reconceptualized as an effort in Congress to alter the regulatory balance between law and software rather than an effort to expand the scope of copyright protection. I suggest that this regulatory strategy, which I call legal preemption, is likely to be an emerging feature of legislation in the years ahead.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: intellectual property, copyright, public values, fair use, DMCA, anticircumvention, software

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Date posted: January 10, 2006  

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Wagner, R. Polk, Reconsidering the DMCA. Houston Law Review, Vol. 42, p. 1107, 2005. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=874447

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University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )
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267-433-4431 (Phone)
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