And Then... A Bad DMCA Decision
from the all-in-balance... dept
Well, if you were happy about the news of a good DMCA decision in the Diebold case a few hours ago, it's time to get upset again. Another court has made a very questionable DMCA ruling in the BNETD case, where some developers reverse engineered a gaming server, so they could play an online game without having to go through an official server, and, in some ways, improving on the game's performance. However, the ruling found that this violated the DMCA because, apparently, the "actions constitute a circumvention of copyright." As Ernest Miller asks, what exactly is a "circumvention of copyright?" The ruling seems to ignore the recent ruling about the DMCA and garage door openers, which could apply here. It's likely that the case will be appealed, and hopefully whoever gets it will actually understand copyrights.