Anti-DMCA feelings increase

IDG News Service reports (courtesy of MacCentral) that Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee) raised questions yesterday about the DMCA's subpoena provisions.

Unfortunately, he is still taking the RIAA side in the intellectual property vs. privacy debate. Although he indicated that the DMCA is "not perfect," he believes that the issue has not "ripened enough" for a full debate of the consequences and has called for reports every six months.

The Verizon folks testifying brought up a new and interesting attack on the DMCA at the hearing. Their claim is that the provisions are so broad that a pedophile or stalker could claim to be a copyright holder and avail themselves of other users personal information by requesting it through the DMCA's powerful subpoena process.