The DMCA, 10 years later

The EFF is "celebrating" the 10th anniversary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act with a report of the unintended consequences its use and abuse has had on research, trade, and civil liberties. It's a worthy read, even if they do leave out one of my favorites — that Sharpies were suddenly circumvention devices because they could be used to defeat CD copy protection*. :D

*Ok, no legal action was ever taken against Sharpies, or even web sites for describing the process as far as I know; but the fact that this joke popped up around the internet more than once just shows how ridiculous the whole thing is, and how easily it was recognized as such back in 2002.)

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