Extensive DRM Coming To America Too?
by James Denison - 2/15/13 6:46 AM
Brings up a point which affects those who bring their own possessions from America back to country of origin. Of course there are other problems involved in cross country transfer of goods. CD's and DVD's have regional coding differences which are only overcome if using some conversion program or the person also brings along a properly coded player from the country of origin. I think most computer DVD players now allow a couple of regional changes and then lock onto the last one. Even if you bring the correct player to the country you arrive in, there may be differences in electrical power input, requiring a transformer, which means battery powered items such as the typical "boom box" might be the best way to go. As for cellphones, some of which are expensive, use in a different country might not be possible even if they are "unlocked", a term which in Philipines seems to be called "jailbreaking".
The main point of this post is to show what might be coming to America if the RIAA gets what it wants here the same as in the Philipines. Time to build more jails for the RIAA, get a running start on it beforehand?
Philipines and new DRM laws at American RIAA Demands.
"Everyday, many Filipinos arrive in Manila, bringing back with them
books as well as DVDs and CDs of music and movies they bought in other
countries for their personal use.
They can do this without fear of being questioned because it's a
right specifically granted "to persons or families arriving from foreign
countries" under Section 190 of the Intellectual Property Code of the
Philippines or Republic Act 8293.
What these Filipinos probably do not know is Congress has just passed
a law erasing this right. The law — a consolidated measure amending RA
8293, was sent to Malacanang Palace on January 29, 2013 and just
needs the signature of President Benigno Aquino III to become effective.
That's not all.
Under this new law, once you modify a device (for instance
"jailbreaking" an Apple product such as an iPhone or iPad) in order to
remove restrictions on what and how apps and content can be stored and
used — you can be held criminally liable for "copyright infringement."
The amended version introduces for the first time in our criminal law
the concept of "digital rights management" (DRM) - which also covers how
we use digital devices on the Internet and which behaviors are
Tying in the RIAA to this is the information below.