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EFF Comment on DMCA Garage Door Opener Ruling

September 2, 2003

EFF Comment on DMCA Garage Door Opener Ruling

A federal district court in Chicago has rejected an effort by garage door opener vendor Chamberlain to use the DMCA to ban its competitor, Skylink, from selling replacement "clickers" for Chamberlain openers.

"The Court properly rejected Chamberlain's use of the DMCA (PDF) to lock people out of their own garages," said EFF Attorney Gwen Hinze. "If I buy a Chamberlain garage door opener, I have the authority to open my garage any way I please."

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