UK’s Implementation of the Anti-Circumvention Provisions of the EU Copyright Directive: An Analysis

By: Aashit Shah

The debate surrounding utilization of technological protection measures to secure copyrighted works in the digital arena has raised many an eyebrow in the past few years. Technological protection measures are broadly bifurcated into two categories: access control measures such as cryptography, passwords and digital signatures that secure the access to information and protected content, and copy control measures such as the serial copy management system for audio digital taping devices and content scrambling systems for DVDs that prevent third parties from exploiting the exclusive rights of the copyright owners. Copyright owners have been wary of the digital environment to exploit and distribute their works and therefore employ technological protection measures, whereas consumers and proponents of “free speech” favor the free and unrestricted access, use and dissemination of copyrighted works digitally.

Cite: 2004 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0003

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