Re: Breadth of the DMCA? Publisher decompiling a digital format?

From: John Levine <johnl[_at_]>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 12:00:01 -0500

>Could the owner of the proprietary format stop the publisher from
>decompiling the book using a decompiler tool built for that purpose,
>claiming a violation of the DMCA or other law, even though the
>copyright to the content of the book is owned by the publisher?

Well, sure. The whole point of the DMCA is to keep you from doing otherwise legal things with electronic media you own if it involves bypassing DRM junk.

Look at the DeCSS case, which had everything to do with keeping people from playing their DVDs with their choice of player and nothing to do with making pirate copies of DVDs. It's the same situation, yes you own this, but no you can't bypass our worthless software to use it.

John Received on Mon Jan 30 2006 - 22:00:01 GMT

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