Fair use for DVD burners is about to get a shot in the arm.

In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, "advocates of burning DVDs at home, in small specialty stores and elsewhere besides manufacturing plants are about to receive the blessing of the DVD Copy Control Assn."

The DVD CCA, the group "responsible for the encryption technology ubiquitous on commercial DVDs confirmed Thursday that a change to the applicable rules had been approved by the DVD CCA's Content Protection Advisory Council and was on its way through the process of being formally adopted."

According to the DVD CCA chairman Chris Cookson, this stance on copy protection was only a matter of time. "The creation of new ways to legally create secure DVD content is the logical next step to answer industry and consumer demand for additional legal digital distribution alternatives," he states.

Evan Jacobs