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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/4943/a-kindler-gentler-dmca/

A Kindler, Gentler DMCA

April 24, 2006 by

Actually, it is just the opposite. Earlier today Declan McCullagh reported that a new expanded version of the DMCA is being promoted through the halls of Congress. The usual suspects (RIAA, MPAA) are hailing it as an improvement in protecting their vested interests, however for everyone else it will be as fun as getting poison ivy on your sunburned legs.

One wonders when merely referencing a copyrighted work will be deemed a DMCA violation.

{ 7 comments }

Curt Howland April 24, 2006 at 5:03 pm

Watch for embedding the “Trusted Computing” model which will undercut Open Source software completely, since it will be illegal to have the source code to the “Trusted” portion, just like it’s illegal to play a DVD on a Linux bo (in America and her toddies) because the owners of the DVD encryption patent/copyright will not allow anything but proprietary players.

Steven Ng April 24, 2006 at 7:58 pm

I wonder if the new law will help the RIAA get around pesky little obstacles like this and this. Obviously the DMCA is not powerful enough.

sp3tt April 25, 2006 at 6:42 am

‘Gonzales said, adding that proceeds from the illicit businesses are used, “quite frankly, to fund terrorism activities.”‘

Honestly, who’s surprised by that statement?

M E Hoffer April 25, 2006 at 7:32 pm

Something is telling me that in the confluence of “Trusted Computing” and Internet2, the i-net that we’ve grown to appreciate will, like so much else, be sacrificed, at the altar of Control, to appease Leviathan and its Corporate fellow-travelers.

Curt Howland April 25, 2006 at 7:53 pm

M.E., it may be only coincidence, but the “dot.COM” bust happened right after passage of the DMCA, when the government finally figured out how to regulate this “information superhighway” that private enterprise had built behind their backs while they were pontificating about it.

An article about former CEO of Sun Microsystems, Scott McNealy, speaks to the heady times prior to the bust: http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS6008503693.html

M Blanchard April 25, 2006 at 8:02 pm

Leviathan and the current vested interests are trying damned hard to control the internet and computers, but they will fail.

I’m a computer scientist, and I’m willing to innovate and put to market better products than the “Trusted Computing” fare.

If you give a consumer the choice between a computer the government controls, or a computer that is private, they’ll choose the latter.

M E Hoffer April 25, 2006 at 8:28 pm

First, and foremost, Tim, nice title!~ — no question, you have a ripping sense of humour…

CH, I hear ya, nothing like GM-ing the goose so that it lays “base”.

MB, given the existence of that market that allows “choice”, I’m with you.(in the spirit of full-disclosure, even absent that market, I’m still with you.) We should, however, keep a weather eye on that beautiful Statist R&D park in the Far East, aka PROC … Without Q the practice that the manufacturers(to say nothing of the “service” providers) of key internet sustaining infrastructure are getting in stifling content availibility can arrive here, and quickly.

Additional disclosure: Yes, deep-packet sniffing is alive and well in our current i-net..

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