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October 29, 2008

DMCA Good? Your head asplode!

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Wired has a great blog post looking back at 10 years of DMCA, arguing that while the anti-circumvention parts of the DMCA really suck, as a whole it's been a good thing.

Essentially, they argue that the DMCA, by spelling out takedown procedures and defining the "safe harbor," has allowed for a variety of services that would have otherwise been too risky, namely YouTube. It's a fair point, and an interesting read. The safe harbor provisions definitely give me some confidence in regard to Media Mill, but I'm not sure I would go so far as to say the DMCA is a good thing. And, the DMCA is like a soufflé - it'll only get worse with age. Each new, DRM-encumbered technology serves to remind us of that. So, I'd argue that the DMCA is a badly broken law with a few good provisions. We can do better.

Posted by at October 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Opinions


tell that to dmitry.

Posted by: compn at January 21, 2009 10:17 PM

Eh, I don't think he's the worst example of DMCA abuse. And elcomsoft seems to do ok for itself these days.

Posted by: Colin McFadden at January 21, 2009 10:20 PM