Tue Mar 11 11:22:23 GMT 2003 Digital Millenium Copyright Act
The DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) was passed in 1998. If you don't know the background of this, it was to protect the music industry by making it illegal for anyone to reverse engineer their attempts to prevent copying.
Whether you think that was a good idea or not, the law has started to find application in other areas. Lexmark has sued a company that makes toner cartridges and has cited the DMCA as the reason.
Someone said that it won't be long before you won't be able to buy a headlight for your car without going to the dealership. All it takes is an authentication handshake between two devices and the DMCA comes into play. It's bad law, it never should have been passed. Some members of Congress are realizing that and I hope it will go away soon.
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