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Improve copyright system, YODA bill would

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Washington, February 7, 2017 | comments

Today, introduced was You Own Devices Act (YODA), by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.). In 2015, was when the pair introduced the legislation together. 

Allowing essential software to travel with physical devices, like computers, YODA will do.  By modernizing copyright law in this way, a consumer can sell, lease, or give away a computer, as well as the licenses for essential software that allows the computer to operate, it will.

“Old copyright laws stifle innovation and block consumers from being able to access more affordable products and technology," said Congressman Polis. "YODA will cut red tape and allow people to sell or give away devices without being strangled by paperwork and empty legal threats."

“The YODA bill, today, I did file,” said Congressman Farenthold. “YODA simply states that your device belongs to you. If you wish to sell that device, the software that enables it to work is transferred along with it, and that any right you have to security and bug fixing of that software is transferred as well.”

Last session, waylaid in committee YODA was.   

 

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