it's right there in black and white (3.50 / 8) (#2)
by physicsgod on Sat Jun 30, 2001 at 01:11:41 AM EST
From the DMCA:
``(2) No person shall manufacture, import, offer to the public,
provide, or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, de-vice,
component, or part thereof, that--
``(A) is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of
circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls
access to a work protected under this title;
``(B) has only limited commercially significant purpose or
use other than to circumvent a technological measure that effec-tively
controls access to a work protected under this title; or
``(C) is marketed by that person or another acting in concert
with that person with that person's knowledge for use in cir-cumventing
a technological measure that effectively controls ac-cess
to a work protected under this title.
``(3) As used in this subsection--
``(A) to `circumvent a technological measure' means to
descramble a scrambled work, to decrypt an encrypted work, or
otherwise to avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate, or impair a tech-nological
measure, without the authority of the copyright owner;
``(B) a technological measure `effectively controls access to a
work' if the measure, in the ordinary course of its operation, re-quires
the application of information, or a process or a treat-ment,
with the authority of the copyright owner, to gain access
to the work.
So they are violating copyright law (remember the "C"?).
"Those not wearing body armor are hereby advised to keep their arguments on-topic"