Here is the full text, from Eurorights. -- To quote Eurorights from here: "Article 6 of the directive is the most important, and most debated, one. Note that a technical protection measure is protected by law even if it contains other restrictions in addition to preventing copyright infringement. This means that technical measures that enforce DVD region locks or deny the act of giving or lending a book is protected by law."
Okay, I'm feeling !#&*&@ with what I know is creeping into place... after just reading the nice analysis at law.com on the "Implications Of The International Cybercrime Treaty" (currently on /. ). You get a nice feeling when they mention criminalizing certain large scale "Copyright" infringements.
In my view, the currenty copyright law is half decent. It provides the creators with rights to derive some benefits from their work... But, when the corporations get involved and they start protecting *their* profits, by extending the terms, etc. they disintegrate the original purpose that copyrights wes setup for. I.e. the only problems I have with copyright are directly caused by corporations!
U.S. centric view, warning:
When reading the U.S. constitution "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries", you don't get the idea that corporations were involved in the reasoning. On the subject: -- On the eve of his becoming Chief Justice of Wisconsin's Supreme Court, Edward G. Ryan said ominously in 1873, "[There] is looming up a new and dark power... the enterprises of the country are aggregating vast corporate combinations of unexampled capital, boldly marching, not for economical conquests only, but for political power... The question will arise and arise in your day, though perhaps not fully in mine, which shall rule-wealth or man [sic]; which shall lead-money or intellect; who shall fill public stations-educated and patriotic freemen, or the feudal serfs of corporate capital...." -- Taken from an article on Poclad.org
Corporations, governments, etc., are creating their own problems by forcing people to progress beyond their control and limited power. Maybe we'll increase human understanding and efficiency a little more this time we move forward...
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