I, for one, welcome our new corporate overlords…

Actually, I don’t. But I have to ask: if they can make it illegal to circumvent copy protection to do something you could legally do without the copy protection, then why can’t it be illegal to circumvent pop-up blockers?

Hmmm… considering that pop-up blockers are arguably a security feature, could the US DMCA be used here?

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Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 18 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 16 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

One thought on “I, for one, welcome our new corporate overlords…”

  1. You obviously do not understand modern American law. The DMCA states that non-corporate entities (aka “consumers”, “voters”, or “human beings”) are prohibited from using or modifying any software or device related to security, privacy, or intellectual property. In other words, no matter whether you are attempting to access someone else’s content, or prevent someone from pushing their content at you, it is illegal for you to do anything (or think or talk about doing anything) which interferes with this process.

    When in doubt about whether it’s legal for you to do something under the DCMA, you can always use this simple rule of thumb: do you have more money than the other party? No? Then sit quietly until instructed how to pay.

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