Subject: Re: new expanded DMCA-like law
To: Steven M. Bellovin <>
From: Rick Kelly <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/10/2001 14:21:30
Steven M. Bellovin said:

>Definitions in laws don't always match our intuitive understanding -- 
>here's the actual text:
>      (3) Interactive digital device -- The term "interactive digital
>      device" means "any machine, device, product, software, or
>      technology, whether or not included with or as part of some other
>      machine, device, product, software, or technology, that is
>      designed, marketed or used for the primary purpose of, and that is
>      capable of, storing, retrieving, processing, performing,
>      transmitting, receiving, or copying information in digital form."
>As best I can tell, that includes all PCs.

And would also include anything from an IBM mainframe down to a Sun
workstation. Operating system software would have to cooperate with
the hardware, so there would have to be a certification process.

Rick Kelly