Academics Get Exemption from DVD Copyright Law

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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act made it illegal to reproduce copyrighted material from DVDs — even short excerpts. That proved to be an enormous obstacle to the professors of college film-studies programs, who wanted to be able to burn discs of selected scenes for their classes.

Three professors from the University of Pennsylvania asked for an academic exemption to the law. And surprisingly, they say, it has been granted. From member station WHYY, Joel Rose reports.



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