The blight of the DMCA continues as another round of the anti-circumvention exemptions process comes to a close.
The deck was always stacked against users in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) anti-circumvention exemptions process. The DMCA creates legal penalties for users who circumvent Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), as well as those who share the tools necessary to do so. Every three years activists have the opportunity to ask for exemptions permitting circumvention for particular uses. In the 2015 round of this process, 27 categories of exemptions were proposed, and the FSF commented in favor of granting all 27. We did this because we believe DRM is unjust, and that the DMCA’s anti-circumvention rules compound this injustice and should be repealed. The Library of Congress (LOC) finally published which exemptions we receive in this round, and the outcome for users is another three years of legal penalties hanging over their head should they try to control their own computing.
While there were some notable successes (the Software Freedom Conservancy and Electronic Frontier Foundation each succeeded in gaining some exemptions for users), the LOC failed to grant all of the proposed exemptions, leaving many legitimate and ethical uses trapped in the DMCA’s legal cage. While the LOC granted an exemption permitting users to circumvent DRM on their vehicles, they limited this exemption so that circumventing the entertainment or communications software on a car remains subject to penalty. The exemption was further limited based on feedback from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for the LOC to keep penalties in place on circumventing vehicle DRM in order to try to digitally enforce emissions standards, an issue wholly unrelated to copyright. This is despite the fact that DRM and the DMCA helped Volkswagen hide emissions testing fraud from the EPA, as werecently highlighted.
The EPA wasn’t the only government agency intervening the process trying to co-opt the DMCA to enforce rules unrelated to copyright. The FDA also intervened to restrict user rights when it comes to medical devices. Using DRM to enforce copyright is in no way justified, but that is at least the DMCA’s purported reason for existence. These sorts of non-copyright justifications for the DMCA’s anti-circumvention rules demonstrates that DRM has nothing to do with rights, and everything to do with restriction.
The FSF made a longer statement on the outcome of the process. In that statement we argue that the process and outcome of the current round of exemptions shows why the system doesn’t work. There is no legitimate case for restricting users with DRM. DRM treats everyone as a criminal, and blocks legitimate uses and research that users have every right to enjoy in their devices. The DMCA’s exemption process places the burden on activists to propose narrow exemptions, exemptions that even once granted must be defended against in every continuing round until the end of time. It allows companies and government agencies with greater resources than activists to then intervene to block or repeal even those limited exemptions. And even where exemptions are granted, they do not extend to the sharing of tools which are needed to actually break out of the digital jails DRM creates.
That is why we call on Congress to repeal the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions and end this broken process. Users cannot enjoy freedom in their lives so long as legal penalties hang over their head. Join us in the fight to end the broken exemption process and rid the world of DRM.
Here’s what you can do to help:
If you microblog, please share the following message (or your own) with the hashtag #DRMshame. We strongly suggest that if you use Twitter to publicly call the LOC out, you do it in a way that avoids using proprietary software:
The DMCA exemption process is broken beyond repair, @librarycongress should have granted all proposed exemptions #DRMshame https://u.fsf.org/1hv
Trespassers will be shot.
Survivors will be shot again.
The truth is often found in the strangest places.
The Golden Rule – Those who have the gold, rule.
“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.”
— Henry Ford
“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”
There are two things that define you – what you do when it doesn’t matter and what you do when it’s all that matters.
“When you take a metaphor as historical fact you have anchored yourself deep in the waters of intolerance.”
— Augustus Masonicus
“It’s all fun-and-games until the flying monkeys show up.”
“Remember… when the balloon goes up it’s the lawyers, bankers and politicians first!”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”
— George Bernard Shaw
“Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced and the people believed properly.”
— Charles Hoy Fort
“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”
— Marcus Aurelius
“Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”
— Mark Twain
“One measures a circle beginning anywhere.”
— Charles Hoy Fort
“You have to systematically create confusion—it sets creativity free.. Everything that is contradictory creates life.”
— Salvador Dalí
“It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bull# requires no such conviction.”
— Harry Frankfurt
Check your 6 and maintain angles; lest the earth rise up to smite thee.
Non cogito ergo extraterrestrialis.
“The man who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”
— Hunter S. Thompson
I am what you fear most. I am what you made me. I am anarchy
יֵשׁוּעַ יהוה אֶלהִים דבר־יהוה
“Never play chess with a pigeon. It doesn’t matter how good you are, the bird will still sh!t on the board and strut around like it won the game.”
Those Pyongyang idiots have a test success rate that only a Chicago public high school could possibly envy.”
“Dropkick me Jesus through the goalposts of life. End over end neither left nor to right.”
“without the idealists among it’s leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact … Every Socialist outbreak only blazes new paths for Capitalism.”
— Oswald Spengler (1880-1936)
Woo Woo Goes the Crazy Train!
“The goal of socialism is communism.”
— Vladimir Lenin
“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
— Edmund Burk
Free men are not equal; and equal men are not free
Calling an illegal alien an undocumented immigrant is like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist.
“…we are all very ignorant. What happens is that not all ignore the same things.”
— Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
“Why would a lake plant blow up my camp?”
“It doesn’t like you.”
“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
— Douglas Adams
Not all those that wander are lost.
“The mark of an educated mind is to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
“If you can’t explain it simply—you don’t understand it well enough.”
— Albert Einstein
“Reality is that which when you stop believing in it doesn’t go away.”
— Philip K. Dick
Courage doesn’t always roar.
Sometimes courage is
the little voice at the end of the day that says
I will try again tomorrow.
When I see lovers’ names carved into a tree with a heart I think it’s curious how many people bring a knife on a date.
“When I was a young boy, I couldn’t reach the doorbell. A pastor came up behind me and pressed it for me.
‘Now what?’ He said
‘Now we run’ I said .. ”
— Gary Cowan
75-59-75-59. 39-52-53-58. 5-5-2-5. Konstantin-1-9-0-9-0-8-9-8-Tatiana-Oksana-Anna-Elena-Pavel-Schuka. Konstantin 8-4. 9-7-5-5-9-Tatiana. Anna Larisa Uliyana-9-4-1-4-3-4-8
And here, just for the lulz, is a North Korean numbers station!
And this from “bleatings of a paparang”
“If you want to be good at something you first must be willing to be bad at it.” — Eric Clapton
“The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love with no intention of loving her” — Bob Marley
“Never confuse motion with action.” — Benjamin Franklin
Peace Through Superior Firepower
Fortes et liber
“I’m not the most shallow tool in the crayon box in the shed next to the lightbulbs either.” — Reverbs, TEOT’s Brother, Member
Take a circle
and it becomes vicious
Atta girl ! Fat bastard.
There you go.
No Matter How Old You Are,
no matter how much of a
you are, if a toddler hands you their ringing toy phone...
← This sequence is cropped (and looped, remember) from the last ten frames, iirc, of the video below. Said clip was captured on Sol 6 by a camera on the lander for NASA’s Mars Pathfinder rover. Not enough pixels by a long shot, but still, mighty darn impressive. This evidence was discovered -way- back in the day by Tim Beech, Life On Mars. (@LoM →Gallery 5, scroll down.) Well, it certainly does seem to be moving, doesn’t it, now? Camera artifact? Hey, maybe! Let’s FIND OUT, shall we?
Is this why there has been no video on the rovers; and not bandwidth? We are, after all... watching this video.
Hey, could my buddy be the Culprit?
Isn’t being human fun?
When life looks like easy street there is danger at your door
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot…
“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Some of us look to the universe with a profound sense of peace and belonging. Is that because we truly understand we are made of Star Stuff?”
– Carl Sagan 1934-1996 Marijuana Advocate