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because we believe DRM is unjust, and that the DMCA’s anti-circumvention rules compound this injustice and should be repealed.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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Another July 24 has arrived, and had she somehow lived to this day, Amelia Mary Earhart, born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897 to Amy Otis and Edwin Stanton Earhart, would be celebrating her 124 years old. (Boldface emphasis mine throughout.) Some certainly have lived this long, and much longer if Old Testament Biblical history […]
The following entry, from the March 1998 edition of the Amelia Earhart Society Newsletters, is notable, not only because it entirely lacks any source or byline information, something rarely seen in Bill Prymak’s well-accredited publication, but for what it purports to tell us. Simply headlined “BITS & PIECES,” the three paragraphs present explosive revelations that, […]
July is Amelia Earhart’s month, for those of us who still honor the memory of this great American, and we don’t forget Fred Noonan, Amelia’s intrepid navigator whose sad destiny was inextricably bound to her own. July 2 is the 84th anniversary of Earhart and Noonan’s fateful takeoff from Lae, New Guinea in 1937, officially […]
The Sunchon Phosphatic Fertilizer Factory — promoted by North Korean authorities as “a creation of self-reliant strength and prosperity” — has been unable to properly produce phosphatic fertilizer since the plant’s completion over a year ago. To escape criticism over the plant’s non-existent production, however, the authorities are reportedly employing the “crude strategem” of shipping […]
North Korean military authorities have recently railed against the use of South Korean expressions, strongly encouraging young soldiers to use the so-called “Pyongyang cultural language.” In an educational article entitled “National Language” that ran in a copy of the July issue of “Soldier’s Life” (a magazine published by the General Political Bureau) recently obtained by […]
Four cadres in North Hamgyong Province have recently been dismissed for their failure to properly manage quarantine efforts against COVID-19. According to a Daily NK source in North Hamgyong Province, the four provincial cadres sacked on July 7 included the head of the political department of the provincial branch of the Ministry of State Security […]
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This bipedal critter is what JC was hunting.
The late, great John Anthony West, friend and mentor and his daughter, Zoë.
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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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.