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21 Jan 2006 9:28 PM Many commercial movies are protected. Not all movies are protected.Unfortunately, current interpretation of laws in some countries, including the US, prohibits distribution of software that has the ability to copy commerical movies.

If you live in the United States, please understand that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) passed in 1998 does not expressly prohibit consumers from making backup copies of digital works - only the sale & distribution of tools that circumvent copy prevention technologies.

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Back until September '99 CSS - yfrttkvf. moncler sale uk online Content Scrambling System - was considered secure, at least if the movie industry was concerned. But in late September 99 I read the small note at that CSS had been broken. Although there had been many cryptanalysts telling that CSS was not safe and rather easy to crack it took rather long till it cracking actually happened. Later in '99 the MPAA learned of an utility called DeCSS which allows people to decrypt the VOB files to your hard disk. It's important to know that copying DVDs was possible way before that. As soon as you have a software DVD player running you can copy any file on a DVD to your hard disk - but it will still be encrypted. However it might be possible to put the encrypted content on a recordable DVD and play it back without actually having to decrypt CSS. Soon after the MPAA learned of this utility, they started out sending letters like that to sites that were offering DeCSS. They pointed out that the DMCA would forbid circumventing CSS and therefore that utility would be illegal. Many providers complied to their demands and shut down websites offering the utility. On December 27 '99 the DVD-CCA - DVD Copy Control Association - launched a lawsuit in California against about 600 people worldwide who were offering DeCSS for download. In the first instance their motion for a preliminary injunction was denied but later on it was granted. That process made it widely know that CSS could be cracked and it was the first time that this was widely reported in the press. On January 15 2000 the MPAA launched a lawsuit against several website suing under the DMCA for circumvention of a copy-protection scheme. The motion for a preliminary injunction was granted on January 24. Later on the MPAA tried to expand to lawsuit to bar from even linking to DeCSS.

This case has been reported over and over in the press by now. In March 2000 hired Martin Garbus - a well know and respected First Amendment lawyer - to defend them, thanks to funding of the EFF - Electronic Frontier Foundation. Since then the case looks a lot more favorable for the defendants. This has recently been manifested by the plaintiffs who are frantically trying to slow down the motion by the defendants to disqualify the preliminary injunction.

Since this site offers tools to decrypt CSS and provides instructions to back-up your DVDs I think it's important to know what this case is all about and what the DMCA really has to say about the issue. Therefore I've compiled a pretty thorough analysis of the relevant paragraphs of the DMCA. I've also included a lot of statements by various people on the subject, etc. If you like to know more then I suggest you visit the sites I've linked at the bottom of this document. If you want to jump all the interesting stuff and go direct to my conclusion feel free to do so but be advised that you may not understand some issues without having read the whole article. Also.. if you have any questions about issues mentioned in this document you should ask somebody who actually has passed his bar exam.

So here we go...

The 105th congress of the United States of America devised the following Act during their 2nd session starting on January 27th 1998. It was ratified by Congress on October 21st and signed into law on October 28th 1998.

The whole act is quite long and I will only make reference to the actual document which can be downloaded on my site and I will only treat the sections which I think are important in this matter.

Chapter 12

Paragraph 1201 Circumvention of copyright protection systems

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Copyrights provide an important protection to authors and artists who create original works that are fixed in a tangible form, such as a painting on canvas. When the creator of a work copyrights his or her work, it gives the creator certain exclusive rights. These rights allow the author or artist to preserve the originality of the work and enjoy the benefits of the work's success without the fear of having someone else copy the work. The copyright owner also has the right to authorize others to perform the exclusive rights or transfer his or her rights to others.

As technology changes, laws must change as well. For example, the Internet has made sharing copyrighted works much easier, effectively diminishing the protections provided by copyrights. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is an amendment to the copyright laws of the United States , which was enacted in response to the apparent lack of laws that addressed the nature of technology and how it affects the older copyright laws. For more information and resources related to this topic, you can visit the Copyrights section on FindLaw.

Reasons for Enactment

The growing opinion of people just before the drafting of the DMCA was that new technologies allowed users to freely transfer music, texts, and other works of art to other people. This was especially true of the Internet, which made downloading music, text, and movies easier than ever before. Copyright holders felt that many of the laws currently on the books did not provide enough protections for their works.

Alongside the copyright holders' demands for more protections, foreign governments were demanding more protection for copyright holders in their countries. For instance, the United States demanded that China enforce international copyright laws by finding and prosecuting software pirates and other violators of U.S. copyrights.

As a result of these sentiments, the U.S. signed two treaties that offered more protections for international copyright holders and also addressed technology issues relevant to keeping copyrights safe. These treaties, the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT), were signed by the United States in December of 1996 and ratified by Congress. These treaties were written with the intention of extending around the world protections for copyright holders in their respective countries. They also motivated the United States to pass laws recognizing copyrights from other countries.

What Does the DMCA Do?

The DMCA makes it a criminal act to produce and disseminate devices, services, or technology that evades measures that control access to copyrighted works. The law also makes the act of circumventing an access control a crime, even if there was no actual copyright infringement, and increases the penalties for any copyright infringement that is done on the Internet.

The DMCA also addresses the role of online service providers in copyright infringement. The law does not hold Internet service providers directly or indirectly liable for any copyright infringement that occurs through the use of their services, provided they adhere to certain guidelines. One action required of online service providers is to block access to or remove infringing material when they receive notice of an infringement claim from a copyright owner. Please keep in mind that the DMCA only addresses copyrights, not other forms of intellectual property, such as patents or trademarks .

Getting Legal Help

Copyright laws, including the DMCA, can be complicated for many non-attorneys to understand. If you would like help with getting your works copyrighted, or you have questions or concerns about your already copyrighted works, you may want to contact an experienced intellectual property attorney in your area for guidance.

A Short History of U.S. Internet Legislation: The DMCA and CDA August 9, 2013

With the U.S. government’s PRISM program, there has been a lot of talk recently about what the government can and will do with Internet communications. What the government can do is limited by the protections granted under various laws governing the Internet. Some of the most important laws governing protections on the Internet are nearly 20 years old and – when written – were ancillary to much broader legislation.

In 1996, when the Internet was full of promise but of questionable scope, two pieces of United States legislation were passed that helped form the basis of the commercial Internet:

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230) The Safe Harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA Safe Harbor).

As the Chief Operating Officer of a web hosting company, I take a lot of pride in the work we do. Companies like ServInt are building tools for people who are using the power of the Internet to change the world. Without the protections we receive from laws like CDA 230 and DMCA Safe Harbor, this innovation would not be possible. These two laws are the pillars that hold up the U.S. commercial Internet.

CDA 230

The Communications Decency Act – also known as Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 – is a fairly wide ranging piece of legislation that attempts to regulate pornography online, particularly in how it needs to be kept out of the hands of children. Its core provisions were actually struck down by the Supreme Court, who decided in ‘Reno v. ACLU’ back in 1997 that they violated the first amendment. What has stood as part of the backbone of Internet politics is Section 230, and in particular subsection (c)(1):

“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

This one sentence has done more to protect Internet providers than just about any other piece of legislation passed in the last 20 years. Section 230’s value cannot be overstated. It’s what allowed for the creation of resources and tools like Wikipedia and WordPress and Yelp . It made it safe for blogs to have comment sections.

Moreover, by making it known that those who provide the tools to publish content on the Internet aren’t necessarily the publishers of the content itself, and aren’t on the hook for what their users do and say, the U.S. government created an environment conducive to the creation and innovation of hosting and cloud solutions.

DMCA Safe Harbor

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act has its detractors. The DMCA heightened the penalties for distributing copyrighted material online, and it criminalized the act of circumventing DRM. It’s messy, in that DMCA exemptions need to be issued by the Copyright Office each year, and it has many of ill-defined terms that make compliance and enforcement difficult.

However, the DMCA has contributed to the expansion of the Internet because of some important protections is grants. Under the DMCA Internet service providers don’t need to monitor their users’ content. The Safe Harbor provisions of the DMCA create a process through which a provider can set up a registered agent within his or her company to act as the recipient for copyright complaints, and only when notified will that provider need to act expeditiously to deal with the complaint.

The concept behind Safe Harbor in the DMCA is that providers are shielded from the burdens of knowing and policing the contents of their network. It seems only logical that an Internet company cannot be expected to find and take down all illegal activity on their network at any given time, but without Safe Harbor in the DMCA, Internet infrastructure companies like ServInt, or even content aggregators like Youtube or Reddit could be held liable for any content on their networks.

In late 2011 and early 2012 many people stood up against PIPA & SOPA because they saw it as a threat to free speech. What PIPA & SOPA did in practice – and why I lobbied Congress on behalf of the Internet infrastructure industry  – was to try to bypass the “notice and take down” process created in the DMCA that was designed as a compromise between copyright owners and advocates. It would have removed the liability shield the DMCA’s Safe Harbor put in place.

This Safe Harbor protection is central to the growth of the Internet. Without it, few businesses would be able to take on the liability of running an Internet company. We’d likely see a few extremely large corporations running all Internet services, with many automated processes to clamp down on content that limits their liability – not the diverse, SMB-driven Internet we see today.

Safe Harbor in the DMCA and section 230 of the CDA have been — and continue to be — central to the success of a Internet in the United States. The culture of innovation in the U.S. that has built the commercial Internet into what it is today is due, in large part, to smart, forward-thinking legislation that balances the rights of copyright holders against the demands of the public to access information.

Join me next time when we look into the darker side of U.S. Internet regulation, looking at the various laws that define the way law enforcement can watch what we do online.

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