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Intellectual Property: Rep. Berman May Quash Push For Copyright Reform

Publication Date: 
January 08, 2007
Source: 
National Journal's Technology Daily
Author: 
National Journal Group, Inc.

Rep. Howard Berman is thought to be the reason why copyright reform is unlikely in the current Congress. This is because he is thought to be in his Hollywood constituents' pockets. Professor Lessig comments on the situation:

Change is needed "to fit the legitimate objectives of copyright -- to assure that artists have the incentives they need to create great new work -- into the contours of digital technology," Lessig said. He added that putting Berman in charge of the copyright committee "is like making a congressman from Detroit head of an automobile safety subcommittee, or a senator from Texas head of a global warming subcommittee."