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IDG.net: Linux users to protest Copyright Act

Mar 27, 2000, 16:57 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack McCarthy)

"A Linux users' group in Washington, D.C., is planning a protest against parts of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which they say is being used to unfairly restrict the development of DVD (Digital Versatile Disk) software for the Linux operating system."

"The group says the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is using the law to threaten Linux developers...."

"In effect, it (the act) lets copyright holders write their own arbitrary copyright laws, which are normally enforced by these access control measures (such as weak encryption)," the Linux user group said in a statement on their Web site at http://www.tux.org. "The DMCA then outlaws circumventing these access controls for virtually any reason, even by legitimate paying customers engaged in 'fair use' activities."

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