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The Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) launched a lawsuit against the U.S. government, on behalf of inventor and computer scientist Andrew “bunnie” Huang and cryptography professor Matthew Green, to overturn the Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The group believes that the section violates the First Amendment.

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While I wholehearted agree with the suit, and that Section 1201 needs to go. I'm not sure if citing the first amendment is the best way to go? Saying that tinkering with secured devices is free speech seems like a bit of a reach. Anyone know if there's any precedent that might apply?
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The anti-circumvention Section 1201 of the DMCA makes it unlawful for anyone to tinker with a purchased and owned electronic device and its software if it contains DRM code meant to restrict various uses of the device. This has created some problems for various groups, from farmers who could be banned from repairing their tractors, to security researchers who can’t (legally) analyze whether DRM software has security vulnerabilities and whether it puts computer systems or networks at risk.

Well they seem to have a good reason for concern.
 
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While I wholehearted agree with the suit, and that Section 1201 needs to go. I'm not sure if citing the first amendment is the best way to go? Saying that tinkering with secured devices is free speech seems like a bit of a reach. Anyone know if there's any precedent that might apply?

The argument is likely that code is speech. Modifying code on devices you own is legal, because preventing you from doing that is impinging on your right to free speech.

I can't link a source, but it is probably just like the Apple v FBI case, where writing code is in the eyes of the court the same as speech.
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Good. Get 'em, EFF.
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The death of §1201 is definitely something that I will celebrate. Doing so might also mean we can finally make some progress regarding preventing a loss of warranty from rooting on Android, among many other things.
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Godspeed EFF

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DMCA can go to hell, and so can anyone else who uses these twisted laws to further their agendas.

That is all.
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Next thing you know they will try to say that they are limiting the number of time a person can breath in 1min because it help stop privacy
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Next thing you know they will try to say that they are limiting the number of time a person can breath in 1min because it help stop privacy

it would've made sense if it was to reduce CO2 pollution, but piracy? i can't even relate it to that.
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In other news, farmers are fighting for the right to legally fix their own damn tractors...

http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/blogs/tractor-scheme-farmers-fight-right-fix-their-own-john-deeres
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