[ubuntu-uk] Format shifting vs. the Criminal Justice Act

Tony Pursell ajp at princeswalk.fsnet.co.uk
Wed Aug 3 19:53:27 UTC 2011


On 3 August 2011 18:59, Jacob Mansfield <cyberjacob at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 3 August 2011 18:54, Tony Pursell <ajp at princeswalk.fsnet.co.uk> wrote:
>
>>
>> Probably not.  I.e if you have a file that you can Format Shift, that will
>> be legal.  Doesn't necessarily mean the only legal file formats are those
>> that can be Format Shifted and it would be illegal to supply a file format
>> that cannot be Format Shifted.
>>
>
Sorry, I think I should have said:

Probably not.  I.e if you have a file that you can Format Shift, and you
Format Shift it, that will be legal.  Doesn't necessarily mean the only
legal file formats are those that can be Format Shifted and it would be
illegal to supply a file format that cannot be Format Shifted.

In other words, it is the act of Format Shifting that I assume is being
legalized.  The law probably will not have anything to say about what is a
legal file format or it being illegal to prevent Format Shifting.



>
> so studios would be restricted to using formats that can freely be
> converted, i.e. without any DRM! :-D
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