[mythtv-users] A new theme on the way...

Richard Morton richard.e.morton at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 17:01:19 UTC 2009

I thought that the wod "effectively" could be used for DVDs (and any broken
DRM system) because it is no longer "effective"; in otherwords once the DRM
is broken it isnt covered by DMCA - this is totally irrelevant to me in the
UK of course; but I read several blogs/articles discussing this point.

If this selective interpretation is upheld in the US, it would become
illegal to attempt to break a particular DRM, but the moment it was broken
by someone else and made public it is no longer effective at protecting the
content and therefore not covered by the DMCA!!!

With regards to the post remarking about fonts; yes attempts have been made
to optimise fonts (or "founts" officially/traditionally in the UK) for use
on screens; Verdana and Calibra from M$ are examples of fonts altered for
improved screen rendering - not that I am saying that they are great fonts.

Thanks And Regards,

Richard Morton

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2009/10/23 Christopher Meredith <chmeredith at gmail.com>

> On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 10:06 AM, ryan patterson <ryan.goat at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 8:26 AM, Christopher Meredith
> > <chmeredith at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 7:01 AM, David Asher <asherml at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>> Actually doesn't the DMCA expressly forbid removing the encryption from
> a
> >>> DVD even for your own purposes?  Of course, only in the US.
> >>
> >> While I was speaking mainly in terms of the Copyright Act and fair
> >> use, you bring up a good point. Not only does the DMCA forbid ripping
> >> DVDs you already own, it also forbids even *watching* them in Linux.
> >>
> >
> > No the DMCA is very specific.  It forbids removing the encryption from
> > a DVD for the express purpose of circumventing the copyright.
> > Removing the encryption for other purposes is permitted, but not
> > defined.  Of coarse according to the MPAA, removing the encryption in
> > order to watch your DVD on anything but a authorized device (for
> > example: linux, iphone, etc.) is a copyright violation.  Most
> > consumers disagree.  This ambiguity has not been definitively defined
> > by the courts.
> Sec. 1201(a)(1)(A) of the DMCA says that "[n]o person shall circumvent
> a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work
> protected under this title." It doesn't mention the purpose for which
> the circumvention is employed. Sec. 1201(a)(3)(A) defines "circumvent"
> as "to descramble a scrambled work, to decrypt an encrypted work, or
> otherwise to avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate, or impair a
> technological measure, without the authority of the copyright owner."
> Because DeCSS is not licensed or approved, it amounts to a
> circumvention of commercial DVD encryption. Under the plain language
> of the statute, the use of DeCSS (for ripping or even watching) is a
> violation of the DMCA.
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