[Rumori] Exemptions to Circumvention Technologies
footage at panix.com
Wed Oct 29 18:05:07 PST 2003
Dongle = hardware device, usually plugged into a computer port, that authenticates the software license. Extreme means of copy protection, common on expensive warez. Not a sexy toy.
From: "matt davignon" <mattdavignon at hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 13:52:47
To:rumori at detritus.net
Subject: Re: [Rumori] Exemptions to Circumvention Technologies
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
>(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) âInternet locationsâ are defined to include domains,
>uniform resource locators (URLs), numeric IP addresses or any combination
>(3) âObsoleteâ shall mean âno longer manufactured or reasonably
>available in the commercial marketplace.â
>(3) âSpecialized format,â âdigital textâ and âauthorized
>entitiesâ shall have the same meaning as in 17 U.S.C. Â§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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