From: Mark Knecht <markknecht@co...> - 2004-03-01 23:05:54
On Mon, 2004-03-01 at 11:19, R. Anthony Steele wrote:
> --- Mark Knecht wrote:
> > The San Jose Mercury News ran an Op Ed article this
> > morning (3/1/04) saying that the makers of some DVD
> > copying program had been ruled illegal by courts in
> > the U.S. because it circumvents copyright protection
> > on the DVD. DMCA makes no allowance (apparently) for
> > "personal use" and hence the program was deemed
> > illegal.
> That ruling would apply to copying, which is another
> fight altogether. "Fair use" is the term you are
> looking for, which allows that you have the right to
> make a copy of programs you have paid to use or view,
> as long as you alone use it.
Yes, thank you. That is the term I was looking for but had forgotten
since reading the blurb in the Merc. The article, as I understood it,
suggested that while Fair Use is OK, the court ruled that this program
which enabled Fair Use was not OK. Strange dichotomy, isn't it?! If I
can get a copy somehow, that's OK for me to have, but it's not OK for
someone to make the tool for me to get the copy.