I own a DVD drive in my a laptop. I own a few DVDs. I haven't, nor should I have to, sneak deCSS onto my system to watch the DVD on the hardware I own.
I *have* put libdvdcss on my hard drive, and to hell with the US government if they think I'm a felon or some such for watching DVDs I legally own (or have temporarily in my possession thanks to Netflix) on a DVD drive that I legally own.
Fortunately, downloading and installing it is really easy, so it doesn't feel any more like "sneaking" than installing anything else that might not strictly meet the Debian Free Software Guidelines. But it really, really should not be able to be construed as illegal. That's just stupid.
After Dean appeared on Lessig's blog, I had high hopes that he would come out for rationality in copyright law. I'm very sad to see both camps come out with the same old non-statements that allow them to avoid pissing any(rich)body off while not really committing to anything. We need a real and viable candidate (which means, unfortunatley, somebody in one of our two dishrag already-bought-by-big-donors parties) to stand up and say, woah, that DMCA thing, that's insane! What were we thinking? That candidate would win my vote in an instant, I almost don't care what else they stand for.
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