Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Oct 2011 13:31 UTC
Legal A few days ago, several countries signed ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. As you are probably aware, ACTA was drafted up in secret, and is basically Obama/Biden's attempt to impose the US' draconian pro-big business/big content protection laws on the rest of the world ('sign it, or else'). The European Parliament still has to vote on it, and as such, Douwe Korff, professor of international law at the London Metropolitan University, and Ian Brown senior research fellow at the University of Oxford, performed a 90-page study, with a harsh conclusion: ACTA violates fundamental human rights.
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RE[7]: Call me contrarian...
by sagum on Fri 7th Oct 2011 09:18 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Call me contrarian..."
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From the pages you've linked, Judge Merritt said;

Judge Merritt in his concurring opinion spoke out strongly against the use of the DMCA as a monopolist?s tool.


By contrast, Lexmark would have us read this statute in such a way that any time a manufacturer intentionally circumvents any technological measure and accesses a protected work it necessarily violates the statute regardless of its ?purpose.? Such a reading would ignore the precise language ? ?for the purpose of? ? as well as the main point of the DMCA ? to prohibit the pirating of copyright-protected works such as movies, music, and computer programs. If we were to adopt Lexmark?s reading of the statute, manufacturers could potentially create monopolies for replacement parts simply by using similar, but more creative, lock-out codes.



So DMCA is, was and continues to provide measures for the "prohibit the pirating of copyright-protected works such as movies, music, and computer programs"

Regardless of how you want to read into the DMCA, it no longer affects DVD play back anymore, but you seem hell bent on trying to pass on the rights of the rest of the world in the USA for some reason.

And you are right in one instance. VLC was never illegal - American's using it to watch or rip DVDs were using it illegally.

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