If I understand the DCMA correctly, the act of backing up purchased media, active
> company or not, isn't illegal. Having Gat help wouldn't be illegal either. As long as
> sales of said company aren't affected, things are pretty much kosher legal-wise.
Where does it say that?
On October 12, 1998, the U.S. Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, ending many months of turbulent negotiations regarding its provisions. Two weeks later, on October 28th, President Clinton signed the Act into law.
The Act is designed to implement the treaties signed in December 1996 at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Geneva conference, but also contains additional provisions addressing related matters.
As was the case with the 'No Electronic Theft' Act (1997), the bill was originally supported by the software and entertainment industries, and opposed by scientists, librarians, and academics.
Makes it a crime to circumvent anti-piracy measures built into most commercial software.
· Outlaws the manufacture, sale, or distribution of code-cracking devices used to illegally copy software.
· Does permit the cracking of copyright protection devices, however, to conduct encryption research, assess product interoperability, and test computer security systems.
· Provides exemptions from anti-circumvention provisions for nonprofit libraries, archives, and educational institutions under certain circumstances.
· In general, limits Internet service providers from copyright infringement liability for simply transmitting information over the Internet.
· Service providers, however, are expected to remove material from users' web sites that appears to constitute copyright infringement.
· Limits liability of nonprofit institutions of higher education -- when they serve as online service providers and under certain circumstances -- for copyright infringement by faculty members or graduate students.
· Requires that "webcasters" pay licensing fees to record companies.
· Requires that the Register of Copyrights, after consultation with relevant parties, submit to Congress recommendations regarding how to promote distance education through digital technologies while "maintaining an appropriate balance between the rights of copyright owners and the needs of users."
· States explicitly that "nothing in this section shall affect rights, remedies, limitations, or defenses to copyright infringement, including fair use..."
The only two bingos you guys get out of that list is archiving, and assess product interoperability but you are not associated to the Library of Congress (yet) or associated with the copyright holders (yet).
When I read that I was amazed by the coverage. And makes me think twice before copying my PC game as a backup. UK law says its OK for backups, so that is a given.
So if your game disc dies, its tough luck eh?
There are additions to that rule like the ipod jailbreaking rule, which you could argue that the machines are obsolete thus allowing to break protection systems. Then thre is Australia ruling on copy protection.
Still interesting reading just the same.