US Student to be sued under the DMCA
In a slightly bizarre twist in the ongoing piracy issues that are plaguing the music industry, a US student is to be sued under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for revealing details on how to bypass one method of copy protection currently employed on retail CDs.
John Halderman recently published a paper that revealed that simply holding the shift key on a computer keyboard (to prevent Windows from auto running the CD) would bypass SunnComm's MediaMax CD-3 copy protection technology.
In a statement, SunnComm said, "SunnComm believes that by making erroneous assumptions in putting together his critical review of the MediaMax CD-3 technology, Halderman came to false conclusions concerning the robustness and efficacy of SunnComm's MediaMax technology".
This is the latest in a long line of major publicity slip-ups for the US based music industry as far as copyright protection is concerned - earlier this year a 12 year old girl was served with one of 261 lawsuits by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).