Re: DeCSS ruling - more Freedom of Speech constraints

Date: Fri Feb 04 2000 - 23:14:09 MST

Charlie Stross, <>, writes:
> Norway isn't a rogue; Norway is a respectable signatory of the
> Berne Convention. Time was when the _USA_ was the copyright rogue,
> ignoring copyright declarations on work filed in other countries
> (as exemplified by the pirate publishing of Lord of the Rings
> in the 1960's).
> There seem to me to be two issues -- firstly, the fact that the
> Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the USA can rock the boat
> outside the USA

As I understand it, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was passed
to enact a treaty agreed to under the auspices of the World Intellectual
Property Organization (WIPO). According to the US Copyright Office
summary of the DMCA,

   Each of the WIPO treaties contains virtually identical language
   obligating member states to prevent circumvention of technological
   measures used to protect copyrighted works, and to prevent tampering
   with the integrity of copyright management information. These
   obligations serve as technological adjuncts to the exclusive rights
   granted by copyright law. They provide legal protection that the
   international copyright community deemed critical to the safe and
   efficient exploitation of works on digital networks.

I suspect that Norway and other European countries would have something
similar to the DMCA, assuming they are signatories to the WIPO treaties.
The details may be different, though.


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