January 08, 2003

Jon Johansen / DeCSS pessimism from Mikael Pawlo

This message from the dvd-discuss list, by Mikael Pawlo, deserves to be better-known:

To: dvd-discuss(at)eon.law.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Jon Johansen acquitted!!
From: Mikael Pawlo <mikael(at)pawlo.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 22:01:46 +0100


Anyway - I am just here to rain on your parade.

The law is about to be changed. Norway will follow the European Union and the European Copyright Directive and will as a member of EEC implement a version of the WIPO Copyright Treaty, that also served as inspiration for the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Draft Norweigan legislation is expected in February 2003. This will make the Jon-DVD case void as a precedent, since the legislation most likely will adopt the protection for anti-circumvention devices in the WIPO Copyright Treaty.

I really do not want to be a Lessig kind of pessimist, but he is starting to convince me of the color of the future. The color has a dark shade - that is if you do not consider strengthened copyright protection a good thing.


Mikael Pawlo

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in dmca | on January 08, 2003 09:50 AM (Infothought permalink) | Followups

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