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Re: Anti-DMCA clause (was Re: GPL v3 Draft

Nathanael Nerode <neroden@twcny.rr.com> wrote:
> Walter Landry <wlandry@ucsd.edu> wrote:
> >Nathanael Nerode <neroden@twcny.rr.com> wrote:
> >> Hrrm.  We need a different clause then.
> >> 
> >> "No program licensed under this License, which accesses a work,
> >> shall require the authority of the copyright owner for that work, in
> >> order to gain access to that work.
> >
> >This is too broad.  If I have a machine on the internet which is
> >secured using GPL'd programs, I certainly do not give anyone and
> >everyone the legal authority to see what is on the machine.
> That's using your authority as the *machine owner*, though.  Not your
> authority as a *copyright holder*.  That's precisely the distinction I'm
> trying to make here, though I clearly haven't succeeded.

In that case, a better example would be if I put up an file encrypted
with your public key on a webserver.  I am not giving anyone but you
the authority to access the contents.

> >That is the basic problem with these anti-DRM clauses: differentiating
> >between DRM and legitimate privacy controls is basically impossible.
> I think it is possible.  It requires a sharp focus on the *legal*
> issues, since the technology is not different, but the legal basis
> is.  A legitimate privacy control may control access to many things
> -- but it does *not* exert control over works you have published
> (since they're, well, *public*.)

A legitimate privacy device may function very much like DRM.  Consider
classified environments, where you really don't want people to copy
things around willy-nilly.  Making it hard to copy information won't
eliminate leaks, but it will reduce them.  I don't see why making a
system to handle classified documents should be disallowed by the GPL.


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