Posted Oct 6, 2006 6:50 UTC (Fri) by man_ls
In reply to: Similar in spirit?
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
It is not illegal to circumvent if you have the copyright holder's permission.
IANAL, but paragraph 1201
No person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title.
Then there are exceptions for certain classes of copyrighted works (as published by the Librarian of Congress) and uninfringing uses. I'd say it is illegal. Then it says that
No person shall manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide, or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof, that [...] is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title.
This means that you cannot even get the circumvention from someone else; this time the Librarian has nothing to say.
DRM didn't take away any rights you had [though the DMCA did].
DRM is bad enough without DMCA, its evilness only tempered by the fact that it is probably doomed to fail. Combined with the DMCA, it is positively evil. Right now the DMCA is in effect (and we have a similar law in Europe); when it is repealed this argument may not be valid, but until then it looks like it is illegal to circumvent even for your own holiday pictures.
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