But that's the problem: you don't have such right...
Posted Jun 22, 2011 1:14 UTC (Wed) by baldridgeec (guest, #55283)
While you're at it, look up "DeCSS" and you will find a famous instance of (ab)use of said law.
Also look for "Dimitri Sklyarov" while you're at it. U.S. law doesn't only apply to U.S. citizens and residents, nor only to events which happen in the bounds of the U.S.
Posted Jun 22, 2011 1:23 UTC (Wed) by dlang (subscriber, #313)
the more dangerous things in my opinion are the lawsuits going after people creating mod-chips for game consoles (I really don't understand the logic there)
but if there really was a law passed eliminating the right to modify things that I have purchased (as a general statement), that would be a much bigger issue.
Posted Jun 22, 2011 1:37 UTC (Wed) by baldridgeec (guest, #55283)
Even if I were more optimistic and agreed with you myself, you should note that a court doesn't even have to agree in order for them to be able to make your life hell. They just have to present an argument which is prima facie plausible, and the DMCA gives them that argument. That's where the mod-chip lawsuits are coming from anyway (and ALSO the Sony v. Hotz case, which you would have noticed if you had read the Groklaw link.)
Posted Jun 22, 2011 2:09 UTC (Wed) by dlang (subscriber, #313)
I am familiar with the Hotz case.
if you decide not to take any risks, then you must completely give up interacting with anyone, let alone writing or using software
Posted Jun 22, 2011 18:53 UTC (Wed) by Wol (guest, #4433)
If somebody tried a stunt like that in the UK they would find (a) they would get a *large* bill from the defendant, and (b) assorted people (probably *including* the lawyers) would find themselves enjoying a short stint at Her Majesty's Pleasure :-)
If prosecuting your client's case means you end up a defendant, I can't imagine many lawyers being prepared to take the money ...
Oh - and we have a case like that going through our courts at the moment. The general consensus seems to be that the lawyer involved is heading for disbarment - that he's committed professional suicide.
Posted Nov 4, 2011 9:14 UTC (Fri) by renox (subscriber, #23785)
So even though I'm not in the US or in the UK, your "If you don't want them making your life hell, don't live in the US :-)", even with a smiley, is very, very wrong..
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