DRM and public benefit.
Posted Sep 25, 2006 10:18 UTC (Mon) by man_ls
In reply to: DRM and public benefit.
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
Please follow the links provided. US Code, title 17, chapter 12, para 1201:
No person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title.
And similarly (but convolutedly) in the EU law
there is a need to provide for harmonised legal protection against circumvention of effective technological measures and against provision of devices and products or services to this effect.
So yes, copyright law applies to hardware. DRM is a "technological measure" according to both laws; if DRM is implemented in hardware, e.g. with a TPM, then you should not circumvent it by modifying the hardware.
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