Portugal Passes Legislation to Restrict DRM

Posted 10 April 2017 21:53 CEST by Kerry Brown

Since 2004, Portuguese citizens have not been allowed to circumvent DRM placed on creative works.  This is about to change, as legislation has been approved which restricts the use of DRM on any creative works in the public domain or produced by public entities.  This new bill will allow decryption and copying of other works as well.

Educators will now have the right to bypass DRM placed on all types of media, for use in the classroom and in research, and perhaps more importantly, private copying will be allowed for all Portuguese citizens.

This is a tremendous victory for those seeking to combat the increasingly severe and restrictive copyright laws that have plagued us over the last few decades.  Fair use copying has been repressed for so long, it is rare to see this type of sanity prevailing.  Similar regulations went into effect in England a few years ago only to be negated a short time after.

The bill now must be approved by the president before going into effect.

You can read more on the story at TorrentFreak. 

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