Aibo: Copyright law and technological protection measures

Rimmer, Matthew (2001) Aibo: Copyright law and technological protection measures. Incite.

Abstract

The new digital copyright laws introduced in the United States and Australia have made it illegal to break or circumvent any technological measures in respect of copyrighted works — such as encryption, access codes, and copy control protection.

There have been a number of recent cases dealing with the protection of technological measures and the ban on anti-circumvention devices. A number of United States motion pictures sued 2600 Magazine for hyper-linking their site to others where the DeCSS code (which is designed to decrypt DVD files) is stored. [Universal City Studios v Reimerdes, 111 F. Supp. 2d 294 at 305, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1 1696 (S D N Y 2000).] Ed Felton, a professor of Computing Science in Princeton, sought a declaration from the courts that he could legally publish an academic paper on how to circumvent the Secure Digital Music Initiative Code. [See the archives on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website: http:// www.eff.org/Legal/Cases/Felten_v_RIAA/] The Russian programmer Dimitri Skylarov was arrested by the FBI for breaching the law regarding anti-circumvention devices in respect of adobe e-books. [L Lessig, 'Jail time in the digital age', The New York Times, 30 July 2001, http://www.eff.org/IP/DMCA/S_v_Sklyarov/; and http://www.freesklyarov.org/] And, the N ew York Times has recently reported that Sony has sought to rely upon technological measures in relation to litigation over its robotic dog, Aibo. [A Flarmon, 'Sony tightens leash on its robotic dog', The New York Times, 5 November 2001.]

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ID Code: 98504
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Keywords: Copyright Law, Technological Protection Measures, Robots, Robotics, Digital Locks
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Matthew Rimmer
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2016 23:30
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2016 23:30

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