A Reversal of DMCA Fortunes

25 Aug ’05

From BNA’s Internet Law News:

The [U.S.] Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court decision that blocked an independent service vendor who offered repair and maintenance on StorageTek machines. The court ruled that the DMCA cannot be used to sue such vendors when the repair and maintanence itself does not violate any rights under copyright law.

I’ve previously blogged the Lexmark and Chamberlain cases – see here.

It is increasingly appearing that the Courts are pushing back on attempts to use IP law to broaden the monopoly. If only legislators had the same attitude.

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