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The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in by Hector Postigo

By Hector Postigo

The move opposed to restrictive electronic copyright safety arose principally in line with the excesses of the electronic Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998. In The electronic Rights Movement, Hector Postigo indicates that what all started as an statement of client rights to electronic content material has turn into anything broader: a stream involved not only with shoppers and devices yet with cultural possession. more and more stringent legislation and technological measures are greater than incoveniences; they lock up entry to our "cultural commons." Postigo describes the legislative historical past of the DMCA and the way coverage "blind spots" produced a legislations at odds with present and rising client practices. but the DMCA demonstrated a political and felony intent delivered to undergo on electronic media, the net, and different new applied sciences. Drawing on social flow conception and technology and know-how experiences, Postigo offers case experiences of resistance to elevated keep an eye on over electronic media, describing a bunch of strategies that diversity from hacking to lobbying. Postigo discusses the movement's new, user-centered notion of "fair use" that seeks to legitimize noncommercial own and inventive makes use of comparable to copying legitimately bought content material and remixing tune and video tracks. He introduces the concept that of technological resistance -- whilst hackers and clients layout and installation applied sciences that enables entry to electronic content material regardless of technological safety mechanisms -- because the turn facet to the technological enforcement represented through electronic replica safety and an important tactic for the movement.

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