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- Directory of information on the proposed Content Protection for
Recordable Media (CPRM) system, a scheme under which computer hardware
vendors would build "copy protection" into all hard drives and other
computer data storage devices.
- Information on criminal prosecutions and
investigations relating to the DeCSS DVD decoder (incl. the Jon
Johansen case, Norway, 2000).
- Directory of information on the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act (a.k.a. WIPO copyright treaty implementation bill), 1998-2000
The DMCA gives intellectual property holders the right to take
away the fair use and related rights of the public to protect a
commercial "digital rights management" scheme, and interferes with
the legitimate operation of peer-to-peer file sharing systems.
DMCA is probably unconstitutional.
- DVD Content Control Association's court case attempting to
censor and punish people for reverse-engineering the encryption system
used for decoding content on Digital Versatile Discs (mislabeled Digital
Video Discs by the DVD CCA organization). DVD CCA boldly and
unbelievably alleges that efforts to make DVDs interoperable with the
open-source Linux operating system, via the "DeCSS" software at issue in
the case, violates movie industry trade secrets under Calif. law. See
also the related MPAA DVD cases (below).
- directory of information on intellectual property vs. fair use
disputes regarding HDTV, DTV and other high-definition and/or digital
television standards. HDTV in the US is now threatened by a movie
industry scheme to force manufacturers to build in a DRM system
- one that will obsolete every existing US HDTV set and render them
unable to view new HDTV broadcasts.
- The Cyber Patrol case - Microsystems
(and Mattel) sue two foreign ISPs and two Web site authors under bogus
copyright and trade secret claims in an attempt to silence critics
who have decrypted the Cyber Patrol censorware's blacklist to show
that it wrongly blocks out non-prographic material. Microsystems
is attempting to abuse the law to protect their crude and useless
encryption (a weak DRM system) from legitimate reverse engineering.
- Motion Picture Association of America members (major
movie studios) and their lawsuits against a variety of parties making
the DeCSS DVD encryption decoder available for download (software
that enables legally-owed Digital Versatile Disc audiovisual content
to be played on the open-source Linux operating system). The MPAA
members make incredible claims of illegal circumvention of copy
protection measures (weak DVD encryption that was reverse engineered
in the creation of DeCSS), basing these claims on unconstitutional
provisions of the 1999 Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). See also
the related DVD CCA case, above.
- Directory of info on the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI)
trade association, and their draft standard for a "Digital Music Access
Technology" (DMAT) copy protection with does anything but provide or
enhance access to digital music. Instead it would esentially end all
fair use right in the mainstream music world. DMAT is the draft
DRM intended to be used with all future mainstream music industry
- Information on the (draft, as of 1999 to early 2000)
Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA), formerly
known as the draft Uniform Commercial Code Article 2B (UCC2B), proposed
and adopted by the unaccountable quasi-governmental body known as the
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL).
UCITA, which could soon by adopted by most or all US state
legislatures, is an anti-individual, anti-artist, anti-fair-use
copyright law that would benefit only large corporate intellectual
property holders, especially in the entertainment and software
industries. UCITA relates to DRM in that it will can be used (even
if the DMCA is ruled unconstitutional) to prevent reverse engineering
of DRM systems by forbidding such activity in license "agreements".
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