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Circumvention of copy protection measures?

Comment 25th August 2010

The BBC report on their "Click" program that a person living in Scotland who uses BBC I-Player through their satellite internet connection is breaking the law. The satellite provider is based in France, so that person needs to use a network tunnel to fool the I-Player web site into believing that they are in England. Although they have a right to watch BBC TV and therefore I-Player, they must circumvent the copy protection to do so.

Why does this matter?

Because technology can never have the discernment of a human arbitrator.

Because there are often perfectly legitimate means for circumventing copy protection

  • Access such as that above
  • Disabled people who need screen readers
  • Backup of content
  • Long term archival
  • Consumer choice and competition.
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