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Copyright Reform and the Case of Illicit T-Shirts

Jesse Kline has an notable op-ed in the National Post that criticizes Bill C-11’s digital lock rules. The column notes that just because someone breaks a digital lock does not mean they are infringing someone’s copyright.

3 Comments

  1. DeCSS
    Unfortunately Mr Kline missed a point on the use of DeCSS. CSS is licensed; the manufacturers of DVD players and the publishers of DVD playing software pay a licensing fee to incorporate the decoder. What makes DeCSS illegal in the US is that the writers of DeCSS did not pay the licensing fee.

  2. “What makes DeCSS illegal in the US is that the writers of DeCSS did not pay the licensing fee. ”

    Yeah, but THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE TO. CSS is a useless technology anyways since it’s long since been cracked.

  3. ….
    @N. Telling: “CSS is a useless technology”

    Actually it’s very useful, in the same sense that Dolby and DTS are useful on Blu-Ray. It creates a “revenue stream” for the licensers.