EFF files lawsuit over copyright legislation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against the US government’s ‘unconstitutional’ use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). According to the EFF, section 1201 of the DMCA on anti-circumvention – a rule that makes it illegal to break access controls of copyrighted works – is unconstitutional, as it ‘requires the Library of Congress to grant exemptions for all conduct that is legal under copyright, including actions that rely on fair use, when that conduct is hindered by the ban on circumvention’. Section 1201 is considered to be ‘one of America’s most controversial technology laws’, and its potential alteration might have large consequences for online copyright legislation.