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

Mr.Bad mr.bad@pigdog.org
Sun Nov 26 16:56:39 PST 2000


>>>>> "k" == kmself  <kmself@ix.netcom.com> writes:

    k>     A ''computer program'' is a set of statements or
    k> instructions to be used directly or indirectly in a computer in
    k> order to bring about a certain result.

    k> DVD-as-data would tend not to map to such instructions.  Ergo:
    k> it's data.

I'd say not true. The term "directly or indirectly" obviously is a nod
to interpreted languages. They are not "directly" run by the CPU, but
that does not make them any less "programs." 

I'd think that, say, a Director app would still be a program. I'd bet
that a DVD movie would fall under the same category. Has anyone here
watched a DVD? It's got a pretty involved user interface, with menus,
buttons, lah-di-dah. I've seen multimedia packages with less
functionality. I think there's a case to make here.

Henceforth, DVD movies are DVD programs.

~Mr. Bad

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