Re: Results for Debian's Position on the GFDL
"Raul Miller" <email@example.com>
> On 3/14/06, MJ Ray <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > From the EUCD (2001/29/EC) Article 6 (3), we have in English English:
> > the expression "technological measures" means any technology, device or
> > component that, in the normal course of its operation, is designed to
> > prevent or restrict acts, in respect of works or other subject-matter,
> > which are not authorised by the rightholder of any copyright or any
> > right related to copyright as provided for by law or the sui generis
> > right provided for in Chapter III of Directive 96/9/EC.
> > Please explain why this doesn't include file permissions or any of the
> > other examples previously posted. File permissions seem to be a
> > technology designed to prevent or restrict unauthorised acts.
> File permissions have little or nothing to do with enforcing copyright.
> File permissions are an all or nothing mechanism. You either have
> given a person a copy of the copyrighted material, or you have not.
Thereby, it can prevent unauthorised copying and meets the above
definition, as far as I can see.
> Technical measures limit the number of times a work can be played
> and/or prevent a person who has a copy from giving that copy to
> someone else and/or in some other way enforce the legal rights of
> the copyright holder.
By preventing unauthorised copying, permissions can enforce the legal
rights of the copyright holder.
The other things you mention are how technological measures are
sometimes used, but that's not how it's phrased in law or in the FDL.
> > > Maybe none of this is new, but aside from the Opaque and DRM issues,
> > > none of the proposals or supporting material on vote.debian.org
> > > indicate that any of these issues are to be taken seriously.
> > Once we were told FDL's development is none of our business, I think
> > some of us maybe moved on after collating the most obvious problems.
> That doesn't seem very relevant.
It's one possible reason for other issues not appearing more.
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