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DMCA creator Lehman admits failure of DMCA

Bruce Lehman, who, as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks under Bill Clinton, was one of the main architects of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, gave a presentation at a conference on copyright reform at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. During his talk, Lehman admitted that “our Clinton administration policies didn’t work out very well” and “our attempts at copyright control have not been successful” and laid much of the blame on the recording industry for not adapting to the changing marketplace.

Michael Geist, the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, has more on his blog including video of the Lehman’s presentation.

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