AVM vs. Cybits - right to modify one's own router
Posted Nov 3, 2011 20:49 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
In reply to: ELCE11: Till Jaeger on AVM vs. Cybits
Parent article: ELCE11: Till Jaeger on AVM vs. Cybits
Copyright does not prevent me from buying a single copy of Harry Potter, then creating a derived work by physically inserting (let's say I use glue) a new chapter at the end.
I believe it does, in the US, and according to the article, AVM claims it does in Germany too.
One of the rights in copyright is to prevent others from "preparing derivative works."
While I'm not a copyright lawyer and don't know of any court ruling on a similar thing, I do know of a US case where the right was alleged and the alleged violator didn't protest: People were modifying personally owned VHS copies of the movie Titanic, by physically removing tape, to remove the sex scenes. They wanted to see the movie, but PG-13 was too racy for them. (A detail that probably doesn't matter: they were paying a certain editor, who advertised the service, to do it. It was the editor the copyright owner accused of copyright violation).
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