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Court Rules Bypassing Dongles Not a DMCA Violation

July 25th, 2010 07:53 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

tcrown007 sends along an appeals court ruling that, for once, limits the reach of the Digital Milenium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention clause. “MGE UPS makes UPS systems and software that are protected by hardware dongles. After the dongles expired, GE bypassed the dongles and continued to use the software. MGE sued, won, and has now lost on GE’s appeal. Directly from the court’s ruling (PDF): “Merely bypassing a technological protection that restricts a user from viewing or using a work is insufficient to trigger the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision… The owner’s technological measure must protect the copyrighted material against an infringement of a right that the Copyright Act protects, not from mere use or viewing.’ Say what? I think I just saw a pig fly by.”

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