Some Light Relief—The Illegal T-shirt!

The story so far: The light relief in the previous chapter described how the Motion Picture Association of America, combined with a shadowy Japanese-controlled organization known as the DVD-CCA, were furiously trying to stuff the toothpaste of DVD decryption back into the tube of secrecy. Their efforts were aided by a bad U.S. law known as the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The DMCA is not the first piece of bad law affecting the Internet. The Communications Decency Act lasted less than a year before the U.S. Supreme Court struck it down as unconstitutional in 1997. The DMCA is a bad law because it tilts the balance between consumers and copyright holders too heavily toward copyright holders. ...

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