I am reposting this in a new thread. I have asked one of the mods to move the on topic responses over. I hope anyone and everyone who has a thought or idea on this feels comfortable posting here! Back to basics: There are plenty of reasons to question the DMCA, but loss of "fair use" is not one of them. Fair Use never was designed to allow an exact replication of the data on a purchased music or movie disc. As the term "fair use" implies, it has to do with certain usage rights that include archival. The method of archival, including exact replication was never guaranteed. That said.... I think that there should be a healthy balance between studios maintaining and controlling the ownership and distribution of their materials and consumer usage rights. I think that there should be an informed discussion in places like this where a healthy consensus can be reached. One based on respect and understanding of each groups rights and desires and not mired in pointless arguments trying to villify consumers, the studios or any existing copyright and patent law. We have been down the road of finger pointing and villification and it leads to discussions mired in pointless bickering. I always liked the approach of DigitalConsumer.org They actually presented a fairly even handed approach. Unfortunately, all the money and support went to the more partisan EFF. They seemed to realize that villianizing the content owners would help them become a larger org and raise more money. It is too bad because the "Us vs Them" attitude only helps those who want long, expensive drawn out legal battles. Going back the the Digital Consumer org. They had a Consumer Bill of Rights that I always thought was a great starting point: Let me the first to comment on the list. I think #6 is too restrictive to the content owners. If they can use technical means to grant all the other rights, then #6 should not be required. As it is worded, it takes away their option to use DRM since any user would be able to state that the DRM may get in the way of whatever method they wanted to use to exercise their other rights... even if those methods were already provided.