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The article mentions a "1998 act" - is that the DMCA? So these new announcements are exceptions to the DMCA?

So from the sounds of this you could legally use deCSS to circumvent the copy protection on a DVD for purposes of criticism or commentary. So as long as you could convince the law that you are a "producer of noncommercial video" then you are free and clear to break the digital encryption. Interesting! Who wouldn't classify as a "producer of noncommercial video" even if you just wanted to create a short clip for Youtube with your commentary on Star Wars?

Will that mean that products that circumvent CSS (and other digital encryption) like AnyDVD and AnyDVDHD will now be legal in the US as long as you can prove you are in one of the "allowed" categories? These have kind of been in a grey market area for years.
 

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The proposed Bill C-32 already has an exception for unlocking cellphones.

I think C-32 should be made less restrictive than it is now. I'm not in favour of the bill, but if we're stuck with it, the Canadian DMCA should allow the same exceptions as the U.S.
 
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