August 31, 2004

Skylink Upheld [9:58 pm]

Landmark Federal Circuit Decision in Skylink Case Creates DMCA Balancing Test. The opinion can be found at the EFF site for the case: Chamberlain Group, Inc. v. Skylink Technologies, Inc.

I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but see Ernest’s take, above. Jason Schultz pulls some salient quotes over at CopyFight: Skylink Wins! Fed. Cir. shoots down Chamberlain’s DMCA claim

From Ernest:

The decision includes a lengthy, at times inspiring, at times frustrating, analysis of the purpose and structure of the DMCA anti-circumvention provisions. In the end, the court determines that a strict construction of the statute would lead to absurdities as many of the DMCA’s critics have argued.

Later: BoingBoing’s Garage door openers aren’t copyrighted, don’t get DMCA protection; EFF’s DeepLinks DMCA Doesn’t Lock Garage Doors, Fed. Circuit Affirms; Derek’s Skylink Wins and so too might DMCA Reform Advocates; Ernest’s survey: Commentaries on the Federal Circuit’s Skylink Decision

Later: Declan McCullagh at CNet - Judges OK garage door openers in copyright case

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