• From: "Michael Babcock" <mouki@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2006 15:17:40 -0800

I thought I would let you all know about because we all use free software, 
well, I hope:)
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gary Wood 
  To: blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2005 2:33 PM
  Subject: Re: DADVSI 

  This law does not sound good!  
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Michael Babcock 
    To: Programming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Cc: blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; FanfictionTalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ; 
    Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2005 1:16 AM
    Subject: DADVSI 

    I dont know if this would affect any one here, but thought it should be 
passed on. It is directly copyed from the vlc web site:

    What is DADVSI ?

    The DADVSI (roughly "Author Rights and other Rights in the Information 
Society") is the French transcription of the european EUCD (European Union 
    Directive) text, which itself comes from the american DMCA (Digital 
Millenium Copyright Act).
    The main goal of this law is to restrict the rights of digital content 
purchasers. It most notably forbids them from working around technical content 
    Doing so, writing or publishing software allowing to do so, or even merely 
talking about ways to do so becomes an offence that can be punished with three
    years in jail.

    VideoLAN is directly impacted, most notably for its DVD reading capability 
(all Linux DVD reading software has the same problem). Should this law be passed
    as it is written, this would seriously hinder VLC's development.

    The french website
    collects a large number of related articles and documentation, and has a 
dedicated english-speaking section.

    Discussion about this law has started in the french National Assembly, and 
will resume on January, 17th.
    A nice fact is that many MPs, both from the Government's political party 
and opposition were very aware of the possible impact of this law on Free 
    and there was a real debate on the first part of the law.
    The most important parts (mostly about DRM and Peer-To-Peer) will take 
place in January, so the battle is not over. It is thus very important to keep 
    the word about the dangers of this law.

    We would like to thank all the people involved in miscellaneous information 
actions, and the MPs that raised concerns concerns about this text, thus 
    a general public awareness about these issues.

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