Comments: Circuit City says it does not violate DMCA, does not copy commercial DVD's

Indeed, I could've made that sign at home, walked into a CC, snapped a photo, and make the whole story up.

Posted by Michael Zimmer at August 4, 2006 07:40 PM

I took the image, so I'm pretty sure I didn't print up the sign, take it into Circuit City, and shoot it.

I don't think anybody thought CC was actually starting a DVD ripping program at a company-wide level. But for a sign like this to have been placed on the cash register you'd think it would have to have been given a nod by the store manager, at least.

Posted by Joel Johnson at August 4, 2006 07:52 PM

Joel, sadly, by the time the story got to Slashdot or Digg, it did sound like a company-wide service.

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at August 4, 2006 08:12 PM

As I just said on Gizmodo (although I'm not sure it "took"), that specific Circuit City already has a problem, as offering the service alone is enough to violate the DMCA:

17 USC 1201(b)(1):

"No person shall manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide, or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof, tható"

Posted by Jeff at August 4, 2006 10:31 PM

Itís kind of ironic that on a day when the blogosphere is beating up Businessweek for bad reporting, a reputable blog is also doing some bad reporting. Kudos to the folks setting BusinessWeek straight and kudos to Seth Finkelstein for setting Consumerist straight.

I've cross-posted to my blog.

Posted by Randy Weber at August 4, 2006 10:32 PM