bnetd Loses Huge in DMCA & Contracts Case

This is about as bad as it could get. The court follows Bowers and affirms that copyright holders can override copyright’s limitations via contract. Moreover, the court rejects bnetd’s argument under the reverse engineering exception of the DMCA. (via Felten)

EFF’s got a press release up. The appeal brief will, I would expect, involve reference to Skylink.

Update: Ernest and SethF are on the case.

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