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Subject: RE: Archo killing open source....

RE: Archo killing open source....

From: Fred Maxwell <>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 18:36:04 -0500

eD\/ARd0 F/\KEn^M3:

> The differnce is that both those mechanisms where used almost
> exclusively for sharing copyrighted material. You could go on
> either the 'search engine' or 'napster' and see that 99% of
> the material was copyrighted. The majority of Archos users
> will not be using it for copyright violations and Archos can
> probably show that they did not intend it to be used that way.

So what? It doesn't stop them from being sued if someone releases
widely-used firmware which disables some type of DRM or copy protection.
You seem to think that I'm saying that the RIAA/MPAA would win, be right, or
have the legal high ground. I'm not. I'm saying that they could sue Archos
and Archos might want to avoid such a suit.

Now this is all based on one possibility: That the Archos AV software
might, in some way, defeat DRM in such a was as to upset the studios. Let's
keep in mind that I'm not claiming that was the reason for the legal action,
just that it was possible.

  Fred Maxwell
Received on 2003-11-08

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