Ecuador: law proposal allows circumvention of DRM protected works for fair use

Posted on December 12, 2015 • Filed under: Ecuador, Politics

DRM – Digital Rights Management – Copyright issues reported eighteen months ago, Mike wrote about the DMCA being abused to censor stories in an Ecuadorian newspaper that someone in the government there apparently didn’t want out in the open. But Boing Boing points us to a post by Andrés Delgado from a few weeks back which offers hope that some good things could be happening in Ecuador in the field of copyright. It concerns the country’s New Intellectual Property Legislative Proposal, which was drawn up using public input on the open WikiCOESC+i: the virtual tool that’s been designed for the collective, transparent and democratic construction of the Organic Code for the Social Knowledge and Innovation Economy — COESC+i.
The Law Proposal was submitted to Ecuador’s National Assembly in June of this year, and more public consultations were conducted. As the result of those, and taking note of input from Creative Commons:

Article 121 of the Updated Law Proposal now allows the circumvention of DRM-protected works to exercise any fair use legally defined. Read Article

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