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because we believe DRM is unjust, and that the DMCA’s anti-circumvention rules compound this injustice and should be repealed.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
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We return to the work of Cam Warren, an original member of the Amelia Earhart Society, who, according to one online search is 99 years old and resides in Fountain Hills, Ariz., and has been a member of the Americal Society of Media Photographers since 1966. Otherwise I haven’t heard from him in many years. […]
World War II veteran and American Legion member Robert T. Stocker, of West Haven, Conn., sent the following “In Search Of” item to The American Legion magazine in January 1993. It appeared in the August 1993 issue: Saipan Marines who guarded Amelia Earhart’s plane at Aslito Field, or those aware of Navy Secretary James Forrestal’s […]
Joe Klaas, who died in February 2016 at his home in Monterey, Calif., at 95, was probably the most gifted writer of all Earhart researchers. Unfortunately, Klaas was best known as the author of the most controversial — and damaging to legitimate research — Earhart book of all time, Amelia Earhart Lives: A trip through […]
Cameron A. “Cam” Warren, former longtime member of the Amelia Earhart Society, may be still with us and in his upper 90s in Fountain Hills, Ariz., but my information on his current status remains nil. Warren was among the best known of the few “crashed-and-sankers” in the AES, along with former ONI agent Ron Bright and Gary LaPook, who are […]
Paul Mantz was a noted air racer, movie stunt pilot and aviation consultant from the late 1930s until his death in the mid-1960s. He gained fame in Hollywood, and to many familiar with the Earhart disappearance, Mantz is known as Amelia’s technical advisor for her final flight — or at least that’s the popular narrative. […]
North Korea recently issued an order calling on enterprises that provide their own food to do so at “state-set prices,” Daily NK has learned. The authorities have reportedly begun monitoring compliance with the directive as well. A Daily NK source in North Korea said Wednesday that the Cabinet’s non-permanent economic development committee issued a joint […]
North Korea has used the freight train service restarted in early November with Russia to import foodstuffs and petroleum products, Daily NK has learned. Observers are wondering why North Korea and Russia — which had long used ships to conduct their mutual smuggling operations — have suddenly restarted bilateral freight train service. According to a […]
North Korea issued an order to munition factories in late October to produce additional conventional artillery shells, Daily NK has learned. Facing a new production order with the big end-of-year reviews approaching, munition factories are reportedly responding with bewilderment. According to a Daily NK source in North Korea on Thursday, North Korea issued the order […]
Mines in the Sunchon and Pukchang districts of South Pyongan Province were recently ordered by the Ministry of External Economic Relations to transport coal to Nampo port for export, Daily NK has learned. A source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK on Thursday that mine workers in Sunchon and Pukchang waged a “hasty production […]
Human Rights Watch (HRW), an international NGO advocating for human rights, has published the results of its initial analysis of satellite images of the North Korean border taken before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The group’s analysis found that North Korea has reinforced and expanded barbed wire, guard posts and patrol roads in the border […]
North Korea is recruiting more workers to send to eastern regions of Ukraine occupied by Russia, Daily NK has learned. A source in North Korea told Daily NK on Friday that the authorities have already completed their second round of worker selections, and are now conducting another selection after they received a request for more […]
Amid the rise in North Koreans in urban areas suffering from poverty due to a sharp decrease in cash incomes, secondary …
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You Answer It.
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The late, great JC Johnson
This bipedal critter is what JC was hunting.
My friend and mentor, the late, great John Anthony West with his daughter, Zoë.
JAW at the Sphinx
When life looks like easy street there is danger at your door
British artillery officer, archaeologist and explorer.
“Our” event, as described in the image above, took place in 1907 in the Reserva Territorial Madre de Dios, Peru.
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DPA IS ON MARS!
My buddy, the “fluke armed rock”
← This sequence is cropped (and looped) from the last 10 frames of the video captured on Sol 6 by a camera on the lander for NASA’s Mars Pathfinder rover. Not enough pixels, but still, mighty impressive. This evidence was discovered -way- back in the day by Tim Beech, Life On Mars. Well, it does seem to be moving, doesn’t it? Camera artifact? Maybe! Let’s FIND OUT! Is this why there has been no video on the rovers; and not bandwidth? We are, after all… watching this video. Which might even be of my little fluke-armed rock buddy, shown at the bottom.