"Alan Cox has issued a wake up call to the Linux community amid
concerns that the pending European Union Copyright Directive (EUCD)
could stymie open source development.
"The directive, which was approved last year, extends European
copyright legislation so that it is even more restrictive than
America's controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA),
critics argue. National governments have until December 22 to
incorporate the directive in national legislation.
"If it goes through unmodified, the EUCD would make it a
criminal offence to break or attempt to break the copy protection
or Digital Rights Management systems on digital content such as
music, software or eBooks. As it stands, the EUCD may lead to a
rerun of Dmitri Sklyarov's prosecution, prevent teachers copying
materials for their students or other legitimate uses of copyright
material, opponents believe..."