Macrovision Forces Consumer Electronics Shop To Stop Selling Copy Tech

from the lot-of-good-that-will-do dept

In yet another move that will do little to actually stop people from copying, Macrovision (makers of anti-copying technology) have convinced (you have to assume via legal threats) a UK consumer electronics to remove offerings for three "video enhancers", which apparently could be used to get around Macrovision's copy protection. I don't know much about video enhancers, but they appear to be tools that let you make backup copies of movies that you have. Macrovision points out that, under a new EU law, such products are now illegal. Note that the actual products are considered illegal - and not the misuse of these products. Once again, we seem to be criminalizing a technology that has legitimate uses, rather than focusing on illegal actions done via the technology. Meanwhile, the folks who actually make large runs of copied movies to sell on the street won't be effected by this at all, as you can be sure they're not using off-the-shelf "video enhancers" to run their operations.
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    Chris Wuestefeld, 3 Feb 2004 @ 7:57pm

    Ageless argument

    Note that the actual products are considered illegal - and not the misuse of these products. Once again, we seem to be criminalizing a technology that has legitimate uses, rather than focusing on illegal actions done via the technology.

    Isn't this the same argument as "guns don't kill people; people kill people"? If people can see the absurdity of these laws when applied to copyrights, they'll need to reevaluate any ideas they have about gun control and self defense rights.


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