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because we believe DRM is unjust, and that the DMCA’s anti-circumvention rules compound this injustice and should be repealed.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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“The sun will rise; and we will try again.”
In it’s day, the legendary Denbeigh Super Chauvinist Mark VIII Saloon (my *true* dream car) was widely regarded as the high-point of post-war British automotive design, rivaled only by the Austin A40 Somerset for its singular combination of styling and performance.
Denbeigh Super-Chauvinist Mk.VII Saloon (T) The Super-Chauvinist retains all the beloved design of the Denbeigh .engineering practice. (R1) It has a truly robust hooter, excellent winkers and a first-class jack. (R2) Its performance is not torrid but beautifully matched brakes fade as one, and engine scream drowns all distracting sounds. (R3) Its leaking of petrol fumes is well nigh intolerable; luckily fuel is rapidly guzzled up by the engine before the driver can be overcome. Car and Driver March, 1967 p. 50
Oh, and Jeffrey Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself!
There are people who have seen the unexplained and there are people who haven’t.
“The 4th world war will be fought with sticks and stones”
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“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
“The greatest charity one can do to another is to lead him to the truth.” — St. Thomas Aquinas
Cryptids, Antediluvian Civilizations and UFOs.
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“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody will see it.” — Mahatma Gandhi
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Today we reach back into the dusty archives that chronicle the early years following Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, for an up-close-and-personal look at the strange and bizarre experiences that Amelia’s desperate husband, George Palmer Putnam, encountered during his vain search for his doomed wife. For added realism, I’ve included the original headings from the November 1994 […]
Today we leave the sordid world of bogus claims about antique cars and enter the bizarre realm of fringe Earhart lore to hear from the “other Irene Bolam,” Irene E. Bolam, who gained her last name through an accident of marriage and was a sometime, little-regarded member of the Amelia Earhart Society whose total contributions […]
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North Korean soldiers deployed to the Sino-North Korean border to enforce the COVID-19 “border blockade” are suffering from worsening food shortages with the arrival of the spring. Locals are reportedly expressing anxiety that hungry soldiers might attack ordinary people’s homes to steal food. “The soldiers from the Storm Corps and the Seventh Corps deployed to […]
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The North Korean authorities reportedly raised the level of security in the country by declaring the start of a “special security week” three days before Kim Il Sung’s birthday on Apr. 15. The move could be interpreted as a sign that the authorities are cognizant of the defection of a North Korean man that escaped […]
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This bipedal critter is what JC was hunting.
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JAW at the Sphinx
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“Our” event, as described in the image above, took place in 1907 in the Reserva Territorial Madre de Dios, Peru.
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← 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.