Down the DMCA!

Posted 30 Apr 2001 at 18:06 UTC by csm Share This

Because the appeal in the 2600 case is scheduled to be heard this coming thursday I have written an article which I hope folks will find enlightening. It contains some facts about the DMCA which I have not heard reported yet anywhere, some scary stuff about slippage in constitutionally guaranteed freedoms here in the US, and my own opinions/recommendations about what I think "old economy" firms ought to do now.

To save posting in two different places here's the link:

Correction..., posted 30 Apr 2001 at 18:13 UTC by csm » (Journeyer)

Brain said Tuesday and my hands typed Thursday... sorry... the case is being heard tomorrow! :-)

new facts?, posted 30 Apr 2001 at 23:19 UTC by Ankh » (Master)

I read your article, but found it a little unclear.

You seem to be saying that you have a vague uneasiness about the use of the term enlarge, and although I agree that it me be a fact that you feel such unease, I don't see that it's very germane to anything else.

There are problems with the DMCA, and they are not just problems for citizens and residents of the USA. But merely repeating phrases expressing your hatred for the act does not help very much (although it might help to sign a petition, to contact your local government representative (MP, MPP, MEP, Congressman, whatever they are called where you live), or to publicise a clear account of the problems.

As a minor aside, its is a possessive pronoun, and it's is a contraction for it is.

More helpfully :-), first state your thesis in a summary, then outline the main points of your argument, then make the points, then explain the ramfications, then make a summary explaining what you have argued. Writing is difficult, and writing well is even harder.

sorry..., posted 30 Apr 2001 at 23:56 UTC by csm » (Journeyer) didn't like it... :-(

Will the DCMA stay?, posted 1 May 2001 at 21:06 UTC by mvw » (Journeyer)

The DCMA is a strong weapon in the hand of content providers.

I don't like it because it seems to be the handle to forbid reengineering - something that should be possible to the extend of interfacing in my humble opinion. And don't forget the recent case of that scientific paper on the SDMI challenge that got retracted. Isn't science supposed to be free to a larger extend?

How do you people judge the future of this law? Is there any chance of a more liberal legislation?

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