Archive for August 12th, 2008

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 37: TPMs – No Requirement to Unlock for Exceptions

Many countries have recognized the danger that combination of DRM and anti-circumvention legislation may effectively eliminate user rights or copyright exceptions in the digital environment.  Creating exceptions is one way to address the issue, but another is to adopt an approach of "with rights comes responsibilities."  In this case, if companies are going to obtain new legal rights for DRM, they must also shoulder the responsibility of unlocking their content when requested to do so by users for legal purposes.  This is a common theme in copyright laws around the world which often identify courts, tribunals or mediators as the source to ensure that rightsholders do not use DRM to eliminate user rights.  Three examples of many:

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August 12, 2008 6 comments News

Bell’s Expandable PVR and C-61

Several people have written about a new Bell commercial that is running during the Olympics promoting its expandable PVR.  The PVR includes an option that allows users to transfer recorded programs to an external hard drive for archiving purposes.  The commercial notes the benefits of "unlimited" disk space since users […]

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August 12, 2008 15 comments News