Coupons.com Drops DMCA Case Against Guy Who Told People To Delete Files On Their Hard Drive
from the legal-issues-left-unsettled dept
We’ve been covering the DMCA lawsuit filed by Coupons.com against a guy, John Stottlemire, who figured out that if you delete a few files on your hard drive you could make extra copies of the coupon. Coupons.com tried to greatly stretch the DMCA to claim that this was circumventing copy protection — but simply telling people to delete files on a hard drive hardly seems to be an circumvention tool. Plus, there were some legal issues over whether or not what Coupons.com was doing was really “copy protection.” In many cases, Coupons.com’s arguments seemed to contradict itself, though Stottlemire (who defended himself) was quick to point that out to the court.
It looks like Coupons.com recognized that this lawsuit was going to end badly, and has now agreed to dismiss the case. This is a big win for Stottlemire, though it’s unfortunate that there was no legal ruling on this attempt to stretch the meaning of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention clause. It will, undoubtedly, come up again in the future in other lawsuits.