Librarians blow whistle on state DMCA laws

Representatives from the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the American Association of Research Libraries collaborated on a letter to legislators in Arkansas and Colorado to inform them of the organizations' opinion that pending legislation is "deeply flawed".

According to an article on CNet, the letter continues to state that "While digital piracy is a serious problem, some of the proposed amendments will undermine the ability of libraries to provide important information services."

Unlike the DMCA, which (although terribly flawed) at least has an administrative mechanism to identify exemptions, these state versions of the DMCA attempt to subvert this exemption process by providing a state-level enforcement mechanism without such safeguards.

Not surprisingly, the efforts to enact this legislation are lead by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) in an attempt to continue to further reduce the rights of customers of the MPAA, the consumers.