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DMCA Infringement By Deleting Files On Your Computer?

Here’s yet another example of why room temperature IQ politicians have no business prostituting themselves for campaign contributions from RIAA, MPAA, and others in the entertainment industry.

An Internet entrepreneur, John Stottlemire, found a way to delete certain files and registry keys on one’s computer so that multiple copies of coupons could be printed from coupons.com (no hyperlink provided because they don’t deserve it after this lawsuit).

Although Stottlemire claims that what he’s done involves no hacking or encryption issues, just file deletion that enables multiple coupons, he’s being sued for violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Think about it…The crux of the case is that he’s enabling people to delete files on their computers. If the result of that is undesired by coupons.com, the common sense response is for that company is to create a better coupon distribution system instead of attacking the guy who revealed the flaw in their business model.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=FwUZy82AJ5U

The DMCA was never intended to prevent you from deleting files on your hard drive. Yet this is yet another case of intellectual property (IP) law run amuck because it can’t keep pace with technology.

Mike Young, Esq.

Author Mike Young, Esq.

Mike Young has been practicing business and technology law since 1994 and is an angel investor in startups. He's been an entrepreneur since 1988. To get legal help from Attorney Young, click here now or call 214-546-4247 to schedule a phone consultation.

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