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Court rules bypassing dongles not a DMCA violation

tcrown007 (473444) writes | more than 4 years ago


tcrown007 (473444) writes "MGE UPS makes UPS systems and software that are protected by hardware dongles. After the dongles expired, GE bypassed the dongles and continued to use the software. MGE sued, won, and now lost on GE's appeal. Directly from the court's ruling, "Merely bypassing a technological protection that restricts a user from viewing or using a work is insufficient to trigger the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision...The owner’s technological measure must protect the copyrighted material against an infringement of a right that the Copyright Act protects, not from mere use or viewing." Say what? I think I just saw a flying pig go by."
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Simple (1)

doomy (7461) | more than 4 years ago | (#33022808)

Basically the court is saying that you can view and edit the data, but you cant copy and derive from it.

Re:Simple (1)

ehrichweiss (706417) | more than 4 years ago | (#33022846)

Can you break this down a bit more? I don't get the distinction here. I'm asking because I know the question on the minds of MGE's attorneys is going to be "how can we stop someone from copying something if they can view and edit it?". Or are they basically saying "it's yours, do with it as you wish as long as you don't copy or derive from it"??

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