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The primary weapon manufacturers wield to keep consumers running for the dumpster rather than the screwdriver is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Passed in 1998, its purpose was to bring copyright law into the digital era. Among other things, this law makes it illegal for owners and unauthorized repair people to break technical locks over copyrighted content, including software. Fixers have been fighting for exemptions to the DMCA, and in October 2015 the United States Copyright Office finally adopted a new set, making it legal to unlock carrier-activated phones, tablets, wearables, and mobile hotspots. Owners can also jailbreak phones, tablets, and smart TVs, and modify the software on 3D printers, cars, tractors, and heavy equipment. Nevertheless, software in many electronics, including game consoles, is still protected by the DMCA. At-home modifications or repairs can constitute a copyright violation. At the least, it will void a device's warranty, but it potentially carries up to a $1,000,000 fine and 10 years in prison, and numerous researchers, hobbyists, and companies have been taken to court.

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Weapons Manufacturer?
by allanregistos on Thu 25th Feb 2016 04:44 UTC
allanregistos
Member since:
2011-02-10

Confusing remarks about weapons manufacturer, unless you intentionally mentioned it to refer to tech gadget manufacturers.

Weapon manufacturers should have the right to impose restriction on their products including software. The real-time operating systems behind jet fighters, warships and other military equipment should not be opened and released under a GPL or any of the free licenses, for obvious reasons such as national security.

Edited 2016-02-25 04:44 UTC

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RE: Weapons Manufacturer?
by Alfman on Thu 25th Feb 2016 06:30 in reply to "Weapons Manufacturer?"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

allanregistos,

Confusing remarks about weapons manufacturer, unless you intentionally mentioned it to refer to tech gadget manufacturers.


Haha, this is a very creative interpretation of the following sentence:
"The primary weapon manufacturers wield to keep consumers running for the dumpster rather than the screwdriver is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act."

I see why you read it that way, however a native english speaker would not even think about a "weapons manufacturer" when reading that even though it is there as you point out. The theme of the article is that the DMCA is a weapon used by (normal) manufacturers against the modding community.

The EFF keeps a list:
https://www.eff.org/pages/unintended-consequences-fifteen-years-unde...

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Pro-Competition Member since:
2007-08-20

Not to be nit-picky, but I'm a native English speaker, and I had to read that sentence twice because my brain interpreted "the primary weapon manufacturers wield" in the same way as the OP at first (until the grammar didn't make sense after that).

This kind of ambiguity can usually be eliminated by wording the sentence a little more clearly. (In other cases, a well-placed comma or two can help.) In fact, it happens often enough in web articles that it's getting a little irritating.

I would suggest the following:

The primary weapon that manufacturers wield ...

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RE: Weapons Manufacturer?
by Lennie on Thu 25th Feb 2016 08:37 in reply to "Weapons Manufacturer?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Why not ?

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RE: Weapons Manufacturer?
by cb88 on Thu 25th Feb 2016 14:29 in reply to "Weapons Manufacturer?"
cb88 Member since:
2009-04-23

Not so... these systems just shouldn't ever be networked and should have sufficient physical protections and lockouts.

Many of these systems already run Operating systems you can get the source code for at some level even if it isn't GPL... not being GPL doesn't really buy you anything because the source code either does exist and you can get it... or it's trivial enough to reverse engineer an exploit from binaries.

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RE: Weapons Manufacturer?
by KrustyVader on Thu 25th Feb 2016 18:25 in reply to "Weapons Manufacturer?"
KrustyVader Member since:
2006-10-28

"National security", a term used by U.S. government as excuse to break others countries and international laws.

And used to break it's own laws since 2001.

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RE[2]: Weapons Manufacturer?
by darknexus on Thu 25th Feb 2016 18:59 in reply to "RE: Weapons Manufacturer?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

"National security", a term used by U.S. government as excuse to break others countries and international laws.

And used to break it's own laws since 2001.

Glad you remembered that last bit. We get screwed by it ourselves just as much as everyone else does. Too bad we have no real say in it and our "voting" is pure theater.

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RE[2]: Weapons Manufacturer?
by Kochise on Thu 25th Feb 2016 19:27 in reply to "RE: Weapons Manufacturer?"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

You forgot "in the interests of the USA"

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