Media Rights Technologies and BlueBeat.com Issue Cease and Desist to Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Real Networks

Am I reading this right?

Media Rights Technologies and BlueBeat.com Issue Cease and Desist to Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Real Networks.

Under the DMCA, mere avoidance of an effective copyright
protection solution is a violation of the act.

MRT and BlueBeat have developed a technological measure which
effectively controls access to copyrighted material.

MRT asserts Apple, Microsoft, Real and Adobe have produced billions of
these products without regard for the DMCA or the rights of American
Intellectual Property owners, actively avoiding the use of MRT’s
technologies.

Therefore, Media Rights Technologies (MRT) and BlueBeat.com have issued
cease and desist letters to Microsoft, Adobe, Real Networks and Apple with
respect to the production or sale of such products as the Vista OS, Adobe
Flash Player, Real Player, Apple iTunes and iPod.

I am reading this right! It says You won’t use my toy in your product so I’m suing you waaaah!

I firmly believe the DMCA is a crock to begin with, but if the courts back this up, it’ll super-size the crock. We’ll have developers producing “security” products left, right, and sideways, all of which will claim their security is top-notch (even if it’s not) suing major companies because they don’t support their stuff.

Good lord.

4 responses to “Media Rights Technologies and BlueBeat.com Issue Cease and Desist to Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Real Networks”

  1. jzimbert says:

    Oh my gods. And that’s just the beginning of it! Someone could sue radio stations for playing songs that can be recorded with a microphone. Television for broadcasting things that can be recorded with VCRs and DVRs. Book manufacturers for not protecting against photocopiers and scanners!

  2. jamie says:

    Does this mean if I don’t use a master lock at the gym then the master lock company can sue me?

  3. kirabug says:

    Bingo! Isn’t the DMCA great?

  4. jzimbert says:

    Oh no! I’m going to get sued by Trojan and Durex!

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