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Digital Millenium Copyright Act

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is being stretched to its limit in the case of Princeton Ph.D. student John Halderman. Halderman’s website explains that pressing the “Shift” key when loading BMG soul artist Anthony Hamilton’s new CD prevents antipiracy software from loading off of the CD and onto one’s computer. This ostensibly allows a user to copy the contents of the CD. If BMG were to successfully pursue Halderman under the DMCA, this would mark the first time the DMCA “anticircumvention” provisions were used to enjoin ordinary commercial software not specially dedicated to “cracking.”

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