[Rumori] Exemptions to Circumvention Technologies

matt davignon mattdavignon at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 29 13:52:47 PST 2003

PeterALopez <pl1x at earthlink.net> done wrote:

>maybe it's just the morning but "exemptions from the prohibition against" 
>sounds double negativie to me.

that means it's not prohibited to circumvent the technological methods in 
these 4 cases.

What's a dongle? Does anybody in congress or the library of congress know? 
Sounds like a sex toy.

I woulda been thrilled about #3 a couple years ago, in the golden age of 

>On October 28, 2003, the Librarian of Congress, on the recommendation of 
>the Register of Copyrights, announced the classes of works subject to the 
>exemption from the prohibition against circumvention of technological 
>measures that control access to copyrighted works. The four classes of 
>works exempted are:
>(1) Compilations consisting of lists of Internet locations blocked by 
>commercially marketed filtering software applications that are intended to 
>prevent access to domains, websites or portions of websites, but not 
>including lists of Internet locations blocked by software applications that 
>operate exclusively to protect against damage to a computer or computer 
>network or lists of Internet locations blocked by software applications 
>that operate exclusively to prevent receipt of email.
>(2) Computer programs protected by dongles that prevent access due to 
>malfunction or damage and which are obsolete.
>(3) Computer programs and video games distributed in formats that have 
>become obsolete and which require the original media or hardware as a 
>condition of access. A format shall be considered obsolete if the machine 
>or system necessary to render perceptible a work stored in that format is 
>no longer manufactured or is no longer reasonably available in the 
>commercial marketplace.
>(4) Literary works distributed in ebook format when all existing ebook 
>editions of the work (including digital text editions made available by 
>authorized entities) contain access controls that prevent the enabling of 
>the ebook's read-aloud function and that prevent the enabling of screen 
>readers to render the text into a specialized format.
>Definitions. (1) “Internet locations” are defined to include domains, 
>uniform resource locators (URLs), numeric IP addresses or any combination 
>(3) “Obsolete” shall mean “no longer manufactured or reasonably 
>available in the commercial marketplace.”
>(3) “Specialized format,” “digital text” and “authorized 
>entities” shall have the same meaning as in 17 U.S.C. §121.
>These exemptions will remain in effect through October 27, 2006.
>Since it's obsolete, here's a remake of an old video game classic to match 
>a 9 month old news cycle:
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