[linux-elitists] Testify at NTIA hearings about DMCA!
Paul J Collins
Thu Nov 23 10:40:48 PST 2000
>>>>> "Jonathan" == Jonathan Corbet <email@example.com> writes:
>> 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.
Jonathan> Interesting bit of silliness that just popped into my
Jonathan> mind: who's to say that a film on DVD isn't a program?
Me, for a start. They're not.
Jonathan> They have execution sequences, decisions, and a unique
Jonathan> graphical interface. The programming language is
Jonathan> strange, but DVDs are certainly programs.
All of these are external to the encoded data of the movie's images
and sounds. A DVD as a whole is a composite of some programming and a
hell of a lot of non-program data.
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