Originally Posted by bsenka
Some parts of the DCMA comply with international regulations, other parts clearly violate them.
None of them violate any of them. You're just making statements.
I strongly suspect you will see the opposite. People are tired of pro-corporate/anti-personal freedom legislation. The tide is clearly turning in favor of opening up personal use rights, not restricting them. Industry is certainly making a lot of noise, but governments for the most part are telling them to sit and spin. The US pretty much stands alone with respect to favoring corporate rights over personal rights. We've already seen Canada strengthening its personal rights recently by telling the recording industry that ISPs are not liable for what's transmitted over their networks, that they cannot ask those ISPs for the names of suspected pirates, and that collecting the suspected offenders IP addresses violates the users right to privacy.
Sometimes, what "people" are tired of is not what you might think. Besides, these rules are done, not to make everyone "happy", nor should they. They are meant to protect the producers of content from people who, like yourself, find nothing wrong with taking their work for yourself without paying for it, and somehow, think that it's fine.
If people didn't do that, there wouldn't be a perceived need for DRM.
Now, that doesn't mean that I, personally, am happy about DRM. I'm not. But, I do understand the need for its creation.
When people begin to mistakenly think that theft only means physical property, because the theft of digitized property is so easy, and for the most part, safe, then the owners of that property will do what they can to prevent it.
It's hardly open season though. Last week a guy was charged with selling movies to companies in Asia that make counterfeit DVDs. That's what makes it illegal, profiting from another's work. We probably will see a strengthening of those laws, and well we should.
That clearly is illegal, but it's not the only problem. While violating a copyright does not rise to the level of criminal behavior unless certain actions are done, and certain benefits accrued, it's still at the very least, a civil case, which also goes to the courts, and large fines can be assigned.
You haven't been paying attention to international news then. Mfrs have been forced to remove DRM from their products in Europe, and many other lawsuits are still pending. The bottom line is, people have the right to make a copy for personal use and DRM takes that right away.
I have been. France just tightened the copyright laws considerably. Germany is now in the process of doing so. The EU itself will be issuing legislation that has been considered by some to be even tighter than the DMCA here. In Canada, due to this opinion, and another one, the case of which eludes me at the moment, Canada is also considering more comprehensive legislation even before they begin work on legislation to meet the WIPO standards, something they've been talking about for five years now.
Which products in Europe, and where, have they been removed by order of law?