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Subject: Re: Archo killing open source....

Re: Archo killing open source....

From: David McIntyre <>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 15:58:32 -0800

It makes me wonder if they're trying to shut down the effort lest someone finds
DRM bypassing code in the firmware they release.

On Fri, Nov 07, 2003 at 06:36:04PM -0500, Fred Maxwell wrote:
> 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.
> Regards,
> Fred Maxwell

David McIntyre
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Received on 2003-11-08

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