Big News: Court Rules Bypassing Technology Not a DMCA Violation

by Christopher Paul on July 25, 2010

Big news regarding anti-circumvention laws. A court has ruled merely bypassing copyrighted software to view the contents is not illegal under the DMCA. The court said:

“The DMCA prohibits only forms of access that would violate or impinge on the protections that the Copyright Act otherwise affords copyright owners.”


“The owner’s technological measure must protect the copyrighted material against an infringement of a right that the Copyright Act protects, not from mere use or viewing.”

Court Backs Dismissal of Digital Copyright Claim – Courthouse News Service [via Slashdot]

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