Tag Archives: DMCA

How You Can Use Gadgets May Hinge on a Printer Ink Case

The decision in this case could provide for corporations to impose restrictions on every manner of device or machine you supposedly “own”. Thanks to DMCA and other extremely liberal patent decisions, the future could very well be one in which no one really “owns” anything unless they build it themselves (when even that could be illegal if patented parts are used).

A decision in the case being heard today could have far-reaching effects as the world moves toward an Internet of Things.

Source: How You Can Use Gadgets May Hinge on a Printer Ink Case | WIRED

From Pacemakers to Driverless Cars, the Absurdity of Banning Reverse Engineering

DMCA exemption filings offer a bleak look at IP copyright.

Source: From Pacemakers to Driverless Cars, the Absurdity of Banning Reverse Engineering

The Bizarre Process We Use To Approve Exemptions To The Digital Milliennium Copyright Act

Did you know that you don’t actually own anything that you purchase? Welcome to the DMCA future.

Every three years, the doors to allowing legal circumvention of digital locks open up. Briefly.

Source: The Bizarre Process We Use To Approve Exemptions To The Digital Milliennium Copyright Act

GM: That Car You Bought? We’re Really The Ones Who Own It.

Congratulations! You just bought a new Chevy, GMC, or Cadillac. You really like driving it. And it’s purchased, not leased, and all paid off with no liens, so it’s all…

Source: GM: That Car You Bought? We’re Really The Ones Who Own It.

Keurig’s My K-Cup Retreat Shows We Can Beat DRM

Consumers just won an important battle in the war on DRM.

Users revolted when Keurig tried to force them into its garbage-bound pods. And this time, they won.

Source: Keurig’s My K-Cup Retreat Shows We Can Beat DRM | WIRED

With Lock Research, Another Battle Brews in the War Over Security Holes

Assuming that no one will try to break a lock because that action is illegal invites only those who intend to break the law to break said locks. This is the essence of the most dangerous provisions of the DMCA.

In the latest sign that the war between security researchers and the companies they investigate is heating back up, researchers who uncovered vulnerabilities in a brand of high-security electronic locks marketed to airports, police departments and critical infrastructure facilities have been threatened with two aggressive legal letters from the maker of the locks.

Source: With Lock Research, Another Battle Brews in the War Over Security Holes | WIRED

Do you ever really own a computerized device?

Canadian author and technologist Cory Doctorow talks about digital ownership, Canada’s Bill C-11 and the U.S. DMCA, which say that if a manufacturer uses computer code to control what you do with the things you buy, you can’t overrule them

Source: Do you ever really own a computerized device?