In the US, there is no “right” to copy all copyrighted material. The only thing close to a right is called the “fair use” clause in the constitution (notice little “c”). However, the “fair use” clause is up to interpretation by the judges, unfortunately, who are bought and sold by the copyright cartels and the trend is to restrict copying copyrighted material to the minimal. However, laws have been passed to allow copy protections and laws to protect the copy protections and not even “fair use” will be a valid argument when some judge is wined and dined by the copyright cartel. Therefore, technically speaking, copy protecctions are not trampling on consumers rights. However, I do believe they are as “fair use” should allow backing up of copyrighted material that WE PAY FOR. Unfortunately, the future for consumers looks grim. Anyone wonder why there was the push for e-books a few years ago (and I suspect there will be a big push within the next few years)? That’s so that the copyright cartel can force their subscription policy on us. You don’t buy books anymore, you buy a year’s subscription to an e-book and at the end of the year, if you want to keep the book for future reading, you have to pay, again, for another year’s use of the book. Movies and music is not far away, remember the “original Divx” idea promoted by Best Buy, pay for the movie and you get to watch it for a limited time then return the video to be re-“sold”? Not even Orwell could have foreseen this stuff.
[edited by Saruman on 26.07.2005 13:40]