Even so, the law doesn't lean far enough toward protecting innovators, suggested Adam Schwartz, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The EFF last week filed a lawsuit challenging Digital Millennium Copyright Act provisions that make it unlawful for people to get around software that restricts access to lawfully purchased copyrighted material, such a movies on DVDs.

Those restrictions violate the First Amendment, according to the EFF, because they stymie creators, academics, inventors and researchers, who need to "build on what's come before" to innovate and create.

"When the government tries to solve a problem with laws that prevent people from exercising their freedom of speech in myriad ways," Schwartz told the E-Commerce Times, "laws like that should be struck down."

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
E-Commerce Times