[linux-elitists] Testify at NTIA hearings about DMCA!

Ben Woodard ben@valinux.com
Wed Nov 22 10:31:32 PST 2000

I wonder if there is a legal definition that seperates programs and
data from one another. These distinctions are sometimes rather odd to
a non-legal mind. I have seen some strange things in the definition of
terms as they are applied to laws.


> > Section 117 of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 117, permits the owner of a copy
> > of a computer program to make a copy or adaptation of the program for
> > archival purposes or as an essential step in the utilization of the program
> > in conjunction with a machine.
> Interesting bit of silliness that just popped into my mind: who's to say
> that a film on DVD isn't a program?  They have execution sequences,
> decisions, and a unique graphical interface.  The programming language is
> strange, but DVDs are certainly programs.
> So I'm entitled to make a (working) backup copy... and DeCSS is certainly
> an essential step in making it work with *my* machine...
> jon
> Jonathan Corbet
> Executive editor, LWN.net
> corbet@lwn.net
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