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DMCA Anti-Circumvention comments - deadline Feb 17 (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 05:16:21 -0500 (EST)
From: Seth Finkelstein <sethf@MIT.EDU>
To: cyber-rights@cpsr.org
Subject: DMCA Anti-Circumvention comments - deadline Feb 17

	Did you like Section 1201(a)(2) of the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act? That provision under which we've seen DVD DeCSS
programmers subjected to everything from injunctions to a raid by the
police? Well then, you're going to LOVE Section 1201(a)(1) of the DMCA.

      1201(a)(2) is the "offer to the public" prohibition.
      1201(a)(1) applies to the very act of "circumvention" itself:

     (1)(A) No person shall circumvent a technological measure that
     effectively controls access to a work protected"

        This is something like patent, copyright, and trade-secret, all
rolled into one. We've just seen the DMCA in practice, and it's going
to get worse before it gets better. Now regarding this provision:

"The Copyright Office is first seeking written and reply comments from
interested parties in order to elicit information and views on whether
noninfringing uses of certain classes of works are, or are likely to
be, adversely affected by the prohibition against circumvention of
access control technologies."


        The implications should be obvious.

        The deadline for comments has been extended to February 17, 2000.
Read the above for format information, there's some picky requirements on
how to submit a comment.

        Send your contribution before it's too late. The court case you
head off may be your own!

Seth Finkelstein  Consulting Web Programmer, potential circumvention-criminal

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