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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

May be there is still a democratic country in Europe

Switzerland's government has silently adopted a brutal copyright law based on America's failed Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- but with 50,000 signatures, the law can be reversed.
Switzerland's new law criminalizes breaking digital locks -- circumventing "digital rights management" technology -- and telling other people how to break those locks. This means that even when you have the right to access a song, video, book or document, no one is allowed to show you how to get at the data. If the law says you're allowed to -- for example -- convert a song you bought on iTunes to play it on a non-Apple player, you still can't do so, because no one is allowed to make or sell or even give away a tool that helps you do this.

Because of Switzerland's principal of direct democracy, this law can be overturned if 50,000 Swiss citizens sign a petition asking for it to be reconsidered. Here's a petition that starts the ball rolling. Tell your friends!

Cory Doctorow
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