[linux-elitists] Limits on fair use
Tue Jun 27 14:55:14 PDT 2000
begin Ben Woodard quotation of Tue, Jun 27, 2000 at 01:41:55PM -0700:
> I have a cassette tape version of an album that I bought at a music
> store from back in the days when you could music on something other
> than CD. A friend has a CD of the same exact album. If I dupe the CD
> is the duplicate an illegal copy?
See the mp3.com case. Just because you would be allowed to copy
media you own does not necessarily mean that you are therefored
allowed to get a copy of the same work made from someone else's media.
> I believe that DVD players will play unencrypted DVD's as well as
> encrypted DVD's (right?). Could someone make a business where they
> sold unencrypted versions of DVD movies. The tricky part would be for
> every DVD sold he would go to the local video store and buy the
> encrypted version of the DVD destroy the original media and replace it
> with an unencrypted version that he purchased.
This is what DMCA is all about. Currently you can do cd->mp3, cd->tape,
or cd->cd-r copying for personal use. However, DMCA changes the
rules without changing the rules. It still allows you to make the
copy, but it doesn't allow you to circumvent any device that prevents
you from making a copy, so it _indirectly_ outlaws fair use.
New media formats will all include some trivial "copy protection"
scheme, so that any technology for making a copy, even a legitimate
one, will be banned by DMCA.
http://www.tuxers.net/dmca/ looks promising -- anyone else have
a recommended intro to DMCA? And if we all volunteered for Friends
of the Library, would we be safe?
Don Marti No haiku patents
firstname.lastname@example.org means I've no incentive to
whois DM683 Software patent reform now: http://burnallgifs.org/
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