Berkeley Multimedia and Graphics Seminar
(Wednesday November 13, 1996 12:30-2:00 PDT 405 Soda Hall)

"Policy Implications of Technological Protection for Digital Content"

Pamela Samuelson
University of California at Berkeley

Using technologies to protect copyrighted works in digital form is likely to mean that content owners will have less need to call upon the law to protect their "crown jewels." Technology alone, however, may not provide all the protection that content owners may need, since what one technology can do, another can undo. New legal rules to regulate technologies capable of circumventing technological protection have been proposed at national and international levels. While some regulation of circumvention technologies may be appropriate, current proposals are ill-defined and overbroad. More thought should be given to the broader policy implications of these technologies and proposed regulations to shore up technological fences.


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