EUCD alarm (Re: EUCD in Portugal)

Loic Dachary loic at
Wed Dec 4 20:10:03 UTC 2002


	If this portugese implementation is mature enough and close to
acceptable, we definitely need an english version of it for
inspiration. French protest regarding the current EUCD law project is
being translated (Vincent Caron centralizes effort). A pressbook is
available at If it has
the expected effect we will be in great need of valuable proposals to
improve the situation. There should be a "how to implement 2001/29/CE
without harming everyone" manual ;-)

	Is someone feeling like writing a press release summarizing
the current situation all over Europe and ring the bell world wide ?
Accurate information is centralized at Best content available at


João Miguel Neves writes:
 > On Wed, 2002-12-04 at 19:12, Loic Dachary wrote:
 > > 	Could you please expand ? I'm not sure I understand. Do you mean
 > > that the portuguese implementation of EUCD is acceptable according to you, 
 > > except for "access control" ? 
 > I've not ready thouroughly yet. About the portuguese version what I've
 > seen is:
 > - Almost all exceptions are implemented.
 > - There is a process defined if the vendor doesn't supply unprotected
 > versions for legal uses.
 > - TPMs around software are not protected by law.
 > - It says that protections shouldn't impair legal uses.
 > - Take-down clause has been transformed for general law and is
 > implemented through court injuctions (In Portugal this means you'll have
 > the right to be heard before any action is taken).
 > This is why I said this is probably the best implementation we could
 > have hoped for. As far as I can see what we should fight for:
 > - Getting the law to say that TPM can't impede legal uses.
 > The main question regarding Free Software continues to be how do you
 > know if an implementation is legal or not ? What's the difference
 > between a player and a FS player ?
 > I still need to read it thoroughly. If you need information on what to
 > look for, I got an e-mail earlier about the discussion around EUCD in
 > Belgium.

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