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Re: [dvd-discuss] encryption and limited time

Or look at TWIKI at openlaw.

Eric Seppanen <eds@reric.net>
Sent by: owner-dvd-discuss@lweb.law.harvard.edu
12/14/01 09:47 AM
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        To:     dvd-discuss@lweb.law.harvard.edu
        Subject:        Re: [dvd-discuss] encryption and limited time

On Fri, Dec 14, 2001 at 06:20:42PM +0100, Arise wrote:
> What about the argument that congress cannot copyright protect an 
> file if it does not mandate that an unencrypted file be released ones 
> copyright term expires.

It's been discussed to death before.  It's a solid argument, and only
one of many issues that demonstrates the contradictions inherent in the

If you're new to dvd-discuss, most of the legal issues with the DMCA's
anti-circumvention laws are covered in Robert S. Thau's excellent
"Authority of the Copyright Owner" paper available here:


Highly recommended for everyone on the list.

PS: Robert, you might want to look at the quoted paragraph in the "Abuse
of paracopyright" section.  The paragraph is confusingly formatted, with
line numbers spread through the text.  I think there's a <pre></pre>