A recent ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has brought up interesting questions about when it is okay to circumvent Digital Rights Management software. In the ruling, the Court stated that “”Without showing a link between ‘access’ and ‘protection’ of the copyrighted work, the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision does not apply.” However, the question of what exactly is a fair use to circumvent the DRM is still in question.
In this particular case, the company in question bypassed the use of a dongle to access the software necessary to use a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply). Because the software could be accessed once the dongle was used and read by anyone, the Court found that this was not a violation of the DMCA.
Although this case is in the 5th Circuit and Denver is in the 10th Circuit, this ruling may have an impact on Denver small businesses that provide or use software that is protected by DRM software. If you are a software company that uses DRM software to protect your intellectual property, call to schedule a consult with your Denver Small Business Attorney Elizabeth Lewis today!