Copyright Law Under Attack
Digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation has taken the US government to court in a bid to overturn parts of US copyright law. The EFF says Washington’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it illegal to bypass software that prevents the copying of protected work in many situations.
By doing so, the EFF says, it violates the right to freedom of expression by limiting what people can do with things they have purchased.
The EFF has taken the action on behalf of computer researcher Matthew Green and inventor Andrew Huang. The privacy group says Green could be punished if he bypasses copyright protection systems to investigate software vulnerabilities while Huang has designed software that lets people record and infiltrate online video.
The products enable people to manipulate paid content, such as captioning a debate with a running Twitter comment, but would be illegal under the new Act.