DRM


Philippine Senate Bill Pushes DRM

DRM anticircumvention laws are such a bad idea that the US Library of Congress actively creates exceptions to them. Norway even declared iTunes DRM illegal. That’s why I’m appalled to learn that Philippine Senate Bill 880 proposes all-encompassing DRM anticircumvention laws.

CHAPTER XXI. TECHNOLOGICAL PROTECTION MEASURES AND RIGHTS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

SECTION 229A TECHNOLOGICAL PROTECTION MEASURES

229A.1. ANY PERSON WHO DOES EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING SHALL BE GUILTY OF A CRIME, PUNISHABLE TO THE SAME EXTENT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 217.1(B) OF THIS ACT FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE, AND TO THE SAME EXTENT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 217.1(C) FOR THE SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE, AND SHALL ALSO BE LIABLE UPON THE SUIT OF ANY INJURED PARTY, TO A RELIEF, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES, INJUNCTION, IMPOUNDMENT, AND DESTRUCTION. THE REMEDIES PROVIDED IN SECTION 216 SHALL APPLY, MUTATIS MUTANDIS, TO VIOLATIONS OF THIS SECTION:

(a) KNOWINGLY, OR HAVING REASONABLE GROUNDS TO KNOW, CIRCUMVENTS WITHOUT AUTHORITY ANY EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGICAL MEASURE;

(b) OR MANUFACTURES, IMPORTS, EXPORTS, THE PUBLIC, DISTRIBUTES, OFFERS TO PROVIDES, OR OTHERWISE TRAFFICS IN DEVICES, PRODUCTS OR COMPONENTS OR OFFERS TO THE PUBLIC OR PROVIDES SERVICES:

(i) THAT ARE PROMOTED, ADVERTISED OR MARKETED FOR THE PURPOSE OF CIRCUMVENTION OF ANY EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGICAL MEASURE;

(ii) OR THAT HAVE ONLY A LIMITED COMMERCIALLY SIGNIFICANT PURPOSE OR USE OTHER THAN TO CIRCUMVENT ANY EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGICAL MEASURE: OR

(iii) THAT ARE PRIMARILY DESIGNED, PRODUCED, ADAPTED OR PERFORMED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENABLING OR FACILITATING THE CIRCUMVENTION OF ANY EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGICAL MEASURE.

229A.2. THIS SECTION PROHIBITS CIRCUMVENTION OF TECHNOLOGICAL MEASURES, AND DOES NOT REQUIRE AN AFFIRMATIVE RESPONSE TO SUCH MEASURES. THIS SECTION DOES NOT REQUIRE THAT THE DESIGN OF, OR THE DESIGN AND SELECTION OF PARTS AND COMPONENTS FOR A CONSUMER ELECTRONICS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS OR COMPUTING PRODUCT PROVIDE FOR A RESPONSE TO ANY PARTICULAR TECHNOLOGICAL MEASURE. THIS PARAGRAPH DOES NOT PROVIDE A DEFENSE TO A CLAIM OF VIOLATION OF PARAGRAPH (1)(B).

229A.3. A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION IS INDEPENDENT OF ANY INFRINGEMENT THAT MIGHT OCCUR UNDER THIS ACT.

SECTION 229B INTEGRITY OF RIGHTS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

ANY PERSON WHO DOES EITHER BE FOLLOWING SHALL BE GUILTY OF A CRIME, PUNISHABLE TO THE SAME EXTENT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 217.1 OF THIS ACT, AND SHALL ALSO BE LIABLE UPON THE SUIT OF ANY INJURED PARTY, TO RELIEF BY WAY OF DAMAGES, INJUNCTION, IMPOUNDMENT, DESTRUCTION OR OTHERWISE, AND THE REMEDIES PROVIDED IN SECTION 216 SHALL APPLY, MUTATIS MUTANDIS, TO VIOLATIONS OF THIS SECTION.

(a) KNOWINGLY AND WITHOUT AUTHORITY REMOVES ALTERS ANY ELECTRONIC RIGHTS OR MANAGEMENT INFORMATION FROM A COPY OF A WORK, SOUND RECORDING, OR FIXATION OF A PERFORMANCE, OR KNOWINGLY AND WITHOUT AUTHORITY DISTRIBUTES, IMPORTS FOR DISTRIBUTION, BROADCASTS, COMMUNICATES OR MAKES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC COPIES OF WORKS, SOUND RECORDINGS, OR FIXATIONS OF PERFORMANCES FROM WHICH ELECTRONIC RIGHTS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION HAS BEEN REMOVED; OR

(b) ALTERS ELECTRONIC RIGHTS MANAGEMENTINFORMATION WITHOUT AUTHORITY, KNOWING OR (WITH RESPECT TO CIVIL REMEDIES) HAVING REASONABLE GROUNDS TO KNOW THAT SUCH ACTIVITY WILL ENABLE OR FACILITATE AN INFRINGEMENT OF ANY RIGHT PROTECTED UNDER THIS LAW.

DRM itself is a bad idea. Enshrining it in law is an even worse idea. Enshrining it in law indiscriminately is the worst idea. Enshrining it in law indiscriminately so as to overwhelmingly protect foreign corporations’ outdated business models — hey, what’s worse than “worst”?

MPAA and AACS Steal from God

Ed Felten writes a brilliant post on why, aside from the obvious legal reasons, the movie industry’s threat to make a certain string of 16 hexadecimal numbers “unspeakable” is just so fucking ridiculous.

When the great mathematician Leopold Kronecker wrote his famous dictum, “God created the integers; all else is the work of man”, he meant that the basic structure of mathematics is part of the design of the universe. What God created, AACS LA now wants to take away.

God should sue. So should Kevin Rose.