"Members of the Linux user groups in the Washington, D.C.
area have announced a protest against provisions of the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It will be held on the west
side of the U.S. Capitol Building on Tuesday, March 28th, from 9-12
"The DMCA was enacted in 1998, and its most objectionable
provisions took effect as Section 1201 of U.S. Code Title 17. The
DMCA grants copyright holders sweeping legal protection for
technological access control measures, regardless of whether those
access control measures are reasonable, fair, or justified by
legitimate copyright enforcement concerns. In effect, it lets
copyright holders write their own arbitrary copyright laws which
are nominally enforced by these access control measures (such as
weak encryption). 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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