The Far Reach of Copyright: Unlocked Smartphones and the DMCA

The Library of Congress Ruling Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Congress set up a mechanism to allow copyright holders to enforce penalties against individuals who bypass “copyright protection systems” (i.e. the digital locks that copyright holders use to restrict access or manipulation to copyrighted content). DMCA § 1201 grants the Library of Congress the ability to grant exemptions for certain actions bypassing copyright protection systems if the Librarian of Congress believed that the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 6, 2012

F.C.C. Backs Consumers in Unlocking Cellphones The F.C.C. announced that it supports unlocking of cellphones for consumers not bound by a service agreement. Under a ruling from last fall by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress, unlocking cellphones would be in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Circumvention of Technological Protection Measures. R. David Edleman, an Obama administration adviser on Internet and privacy issues, said that the F.C.C.’s position was “common sense Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 10, 2012

Philippines Top Court Suspends Cybercrime Law Last week, the Philippines Legislature passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. The statute was aimed at deterring a wide variety of cybercrimes including hacking, distribution of child pornography, identity theft and libel. Amidst public concern that the law could be an illegitimate restriction of free speech, particularly due to the restriction of certain websites and the harsh criminal penalties for online libel, the top court in the Philippines Continue Reading →