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Re: Bug#156287: Advice on Drip (ITP #156287)

bts@alum.mit.edu (Brian T. Sniffen) writes:

> DMCA 1201(a)(1)(A):  No person shall circumvent a technological
> measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under
> this title. The prohibition contained in the preceding sentence shall
> take effect at the end of the 2-year period beginning on the date of
> the enactment of this chapter.

I'm thinking of the law in toto, including the provisions in the DMCA
nothing in the DMCA is intended to contravene existing fair use.  This
is a pretty big stick to get to wave back at the MPAA and others of
their ilk.  Since existing fair use guarantees the right to watch my
copy, provided it's legal, the provisions you quote must not apply to
them.  Why?  Because the DMCA says, essentially, "nothing here
contradicts existing fair use principles".  

Do I claim that this is so blindingly obvious that every court would
agree?  Of course not.

We do well to try and argue our case as strongly as possible.  Let's
take the strongest position we can, rather than give in to some pretty
big stuff at the outset.


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