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Re: [dvd-discuss] Postage Meters and the "Right to Tinker"

Actually, that analogy is rather funny and ironic. Valenti and company have been using the lock and lockpick analogy for maximum airtime. Well using that analogy, our TurboTax conundrum is the same as getting a locked book in the mail. Of course you can open it because it's your personal property and JackValenti says it's OK as well!

Stephen L Johnson <sjohnson@monsters.org>
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01/09/2003 11:56 AM
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        Subject:        Re: [dvd-discuss] Postage Meters and the "Right to Tinker"

On Thu, 2003-01-09 at 13:04, Sham Gardner wrote:
> How about another example. If you were sent an unsolicited dead-tree copy of
> a book that had a padlock on it. Would you say it should be illegal for you
> to remove that lock using whatever means you see fit, when the copyright
> holder is offering to send you the key for a fee?

I just had a disturbing and sickening thought. That example may actually
qualify as a protection mechanism under the DCMA.

I just reread section 1201. I didn't see anything which would disqualify
it. Nothing in the section says anything about the technology having to
be digital.

Stephen L Johnson <sjohnson@monsters.org>