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Re: Defeating the chips.



<x-charset iso-8859-1>And for those of us who are acronym deficient the MDCA is ?

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From: "David Ross" <d_ross@bellsouth.net>
To: <epson-inkjet@leben.com>
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2000 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: Defeating the chips.


> Robert was typing with keyboard firmly in his cheek but it was based on
> a real issue. The MDCA seems to give the maker of any product that
> includes software a LOT of rights over how that product can be used and
> what the "owner" is allowed to change. In many cases it states that
> ATTEMPTS to reverse engineer or disseminate information that might help
> someone reverse engineer protection schemes are a violation of law. This
> is expected to hit the fan big time in the courts over the next few
> years. Basically it appears that the big political contributions by the
> major computer firms are starting to pay off. At least for them.
>
> Austin Franklin wrote:
> >
> > That is completely wrong.  You own the printer, and as such, you have
every
> > right to modify it as you see fit, as long as you are not breaking any
> > copyright (or EPA ;-) laws.  The modifications suggested do not violate
> > anyone's copyright, or any EPA laws.
> >
> > Your statement is a complete misunderstanding of the MDCA.
> >
> > ----------
> > From:   Robert Erickson
> >
> > Even Talking about such things is a crime under current US law (MDCA)
> > Just thinking about it may be permissable..  IF you confess before hand
> > and submit to a manditory voluntary re-education program.
> >
> > Fair Use?  you have the right to not use it at all..
> >
> > From: "Dave King" <kingphoto@mindspring.com>
>
> > > I wonder whether the printer itself could be modified?  You know,
maybe
> > > clip a wire or something easy that would make it ignore the state of
the
> > > chip, or even whether there was a chip.
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