More and more, looking at security protocols and evangelizing for practical InfoSec and OpSec habits, I feel like I’m eventually going to turn into Battlestar Galactica’s Commander Bill Adama: “I will not have a networked computer on my ship!” Much of our vulnerability is thanks to Congressional “protections” such as the CFAA and–especially–the DMCA which specifically outlaws security research and penetration testing.
The rise of the Internet of Things threatens to make it much easier to cause real-life damage through cyberattacks.
Source: The Internet of Things Will Turn Large-Scale Hacks into Real World Disasters | Motherboard
Cross your fingers; this could get messy.
EFF is suing the US government to invalidate the DMCA’s DRM provisions
Source: EFF is suing the US government to invalidate the DMCA’s DRM provisions / Boing Boing
It may not be all great news, but it is a start, a step in the right direction. Naturally, Congress could eliminate this waste of taxpayer money by simply repealing the DMCA (or, at least, Section 1201).
But there’s some good news: the rule permitting jailbreaking phones was extended to tablets, something the Copyright Office rejected three years ago. Then it said that it couldn’t tell laptops from tablets (raising two important questions: “why not allow jailbreaking on laptops”; and, “if you don’t know the difference between a laptop and a tablet, maybe you shouldn’t be regulating either of them?“) [emphasis added]. This year, thanks to EFF, it decided it could finally tell the difference.
Source: Librarian of Congress grants limited DRM-breaking rights for cars, games, phones, tablets, and remixers / Boing Boing
More evidence on just how broken US Copyright and YouTube’s DMCA policies are.
For the past few years, people have been contending with more and more false copyright claims and ID matches on services such as YouTube.
Source: Sony Filed a Copyright Claim Against the Stock Video I Licensed to Them
This could strike a huge blow to the idiotic clause in the DMCA that forbids circumventing DRM locks. I’m crossing my fingers on further developments.
Telling users how to strip the DRM from their legally purchased ebooks is not contributory copyright infringement, according to a ruling last month by a federal judge in New York. Judge Denise Cote dismissed two publishers’ claims of contributory infringement and inducement in Abbey House Media v. Apple Inc., one of the many cases to come out of the antitrust litigation against Apple and a handful of major publishers.
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