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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    Rick Colosimo, 4 Feb 2004 @ 3:26pm

    Re: OK in the USA?

    You're right, the fair use doctrine should protect *certain* uses of these types of devices, in much the same way as copy machines, scanners, and CDRWs are still legal even though you can steal a book that way.

    The EU and the UK have a very different conception of free speech and why it might be useful. Of course, we have free speech in the US exactly because of England's former distaste for that sort of rubbish.

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