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Re: Bug#154281: ITP: libdvdcss -- Library to read scrambled DVDs

On Fri, Jul 26, 2002 at 12:26:22PM +1000, Martijn van Oosterhout wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 26, 2002 at 10:20:41AM +1000, Glenn McGrath wrote:
> > On Thu, 25 Jul 2002 20:39:46 +0100
> > Matthew Garrett <mgarrett@chiark.greenend.org.uk> wrote:
> > Some debian users might live in a free country, should they miss out just
> > becuase of a stupid American/European/Australian law ?
> IIRC the Australian law isn't quite so bad since it has some exceptions not
> present in the US law, in particular in the area of personal use. But don't
> quote me on that.

IIRC, though, "importing" such devices is illegal, which would cause
problems when an .au mirror rsync'ed non-us... There was some effort to
be more reasonable than the DMCA, especially in the realm of academic
research and such, but I don't think it actually got us very far.

As it happens, those particular changes to copyright law ("The Digital
Agenda") is up for review in a year and a half or so, so it's probably
getting towards time to start talking to local MPs and giving them
illegal demos of DVDs getting played on Xine, etc...


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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