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Re: things that might become illegal soon

The text of your link is very short:

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Countdown to the Grokster Argument

A Betamax-protected device every (week)day until March 29

Ever since the Betamax ruling in 1984, inventors have been free to create new copying technologies as long as they are capable of substantial noninfringing (legal) uses. But by the end of this year, all that could change. In MGM v. Grokster, Hollywood and the recording industry are asking for the power to sue out of existence any technology that appears to be a threat, even if it passes the Betamax test. That puts at risk any copying technology that Betamax currently protects as well as any new technologies Hollywood doesn't like.

To raise awareness about what's at stake in the Grokster case, EFF is profiling one Betamax-protected gadget every weekday until the oral arguments before the Supreme Court on March 29. Some of these examples are in fun, some more serious, but all represent general-purpose technologies that can be used for both infringing and noninfringing purposes. Check them out and pass the word along.

PK, what is the point? I didn't understand it properly.
Confused

Thanks for any hints, Rijik.

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This may clarify it a bit: The Betamax Case

It is about allowing or not allowing (or better suing) the production of technologies that may be used to infringe on copyright (like p2p, old VCR's etc.). Until now (and still) every technology that can be used for non-infringing purposes (despite that it may be used for infringing as well) is legal and may not be sued by copyright owners..

However, the news in that story tbuitenh linked to is that "In MGM v. Grokster, Hollywood and the recording industry are asking for the power to sue out of existence any technology that appears to be a threat, even if it passes the Betamax test."

That means that they want to be able to sue any technologies that allow infringing uses at all.

As tbuitenh says, i don't know if i'll scream or laugh. :-o

What, are CD's, DVDs, VCRs and all that all of a sudden become illegal?! I don't know when those people have last went to a psychiatrist for a sanity check.

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What, are CD's, DVDs, VCRs and all that all of a sudden become illegal?!

...and xerox (paper copy) machines, internet and silly putty...

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Yes... I understand now... It's really crazy!

We may fhink of any technologies that can be used to infring copyright law. Imagine: even video devices also can be used to make illegal copies of other videos...

Oh God! Really crazy! Mad I think it is a case of "psychiatrist for a sanity check"! :yes:

Thanks for the explanations, Rijik.

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Here is another relevant story, that is, an interview with EFF legal director Cindy Cohn that's relevant to this topic:

Tux goes to court: How the Grokster case will affect software libre

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This indeed is a crazy attempt of the wealthiest ones to restrict everyones freedom for the sake of more profit for the wealthiest ones. I think it will fail, except maybe if the wealthiest ones use their wealth to push it through - we saw it happening in Europe with the software patents, so it's not an impossible scenario.

But this attempt could do much for freedom if it fails. First, it will raise peoples awereness about freedom and its importance and about those who want to take away the freedom from them. Second, it will (if it fails, off course) strenghten our freedom even more, just as the Betamax case did.

So, have a good time there, MGM, and lose, so that we can all benefit from it.

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