The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which fights for digital citizens' rights, has sued the US government for its Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a statutory law that protects intellectual property. According to the EEF, the law threatens the security of citizens, limiting research into computer security systems.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a DMCA in brief, is a law that has been in force in the United States since 1998, whose primary purpose is to protect intellectual property. Under the assumption, the project was of course justified because it provided legal protection for the owners of the property. In practice, the regulations quickly became a menacing force in the hands of powerful music and film studios that began using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to attack everything and everyone by claiming to remove content from the Web and claiming compensation for unlawful use of material.
It's no secret that the DMCA claims are becoming more and more absurd, and each year their numbers are growing, what the Electronic Frontier Foundation does not like very much is the fact that it has come to an end and the United States has been suing the United States for damaging its laws. Work on security systems.
The case concerns Section 1201 of the DMCA, which explicitly limits the functioning of reverse engineering systems, that is, the analysis of the finished software or device and determines on the basis of the data collected as to the process of its creation. This provision protects intellectual property including computer code.
The EFF, however, believes that the rule restricts research into security systems that use reverse engineering very often to find the causes of errors and gaps that threaten computer systems that often affect our lives. Regulations therefore not only pose a threat but also significantly increase the cost of these studies.
The EFF also argues that Section 1201 also violates the rights of programmers resulting from the First Amendment to the US Constitution on the sharing of information related to security and protection, as programmers are often silenced by lawsuits.