Court ruling could set precedent on circumventing DRM

Court ruling could set precedent on circumventing DRM.

[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2010/08/f7vM00.jpg[/newsimage]A ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans may have a long-lasting effect on digital rights management (DRM) copy protection, even though the case wasn’t directly involved in a high-profile copyright lawsuit.


Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/court-ruling-could-set-precedent-on-circumventing-drm-33161/](http://www.myce.com/news/court-ruling-could-set-precedent-on-circumventing-drm-33161/)


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What constitutes “mere use or viewing” ?

I didn’t realize the RIAA had anything to do with movie copyrights.

RM

I think that what this means to the average Joe, is that circumventing DRM is not illegal if you are just using it to use a movie that you own or a music file. As long as you have purchased the movie, you are not breaking copyright law by copying it to another format or making backup copies, since it is not conflicting with the intent of copyright law.

[QUOTE=RichMan;2537946]I didn’t realize the RIAA had anything to do with movie copyrights.[/QUOTE]
Should’ve said MPAA. It’s been fixed, thanks!

As far as the story goes, I sure hope this precedent sticks!