[ILUG] Legality of commercial DVD playback.
bigbro at skynet.ie
Wed Jan 21 10:45:43 GMT 2009
Rory Browne wrote:
Hugely interesting! Thanks. Also, if I'm reading (document above) correctly
there may be an implication in 5.2 (replacement of section 374) that if I have
a right to access a copyrighted work, there is some onus on the distributor of
that work to provide me with a means of accessing it at a time and place of my
choosing. Since I don't have a Windows machine, I could suggest that the
distributor of that DVD (which I have a right to access) must supply me with
some method of viewing the material on Linux - though this is tempered by the
fact that hardware DVD players are available publicly, etc., etc.
In reality, I'd suggest that this may put some weight behind at least
limiting their power to preclude people enjoying their rights to protected
works on Linux (for example) until a public and licensed alternative player is
put in place. IANAL, and I suspect this may be an overly sympathetic reading
of the law... but perhaps there's something to it.
Any actual lawyers care to comment? :-)
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