Wired reports that U.S. representatives are worried that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act has criminalized otherwise innocent activities, such as making a personal copy of a purchased CD, or trying to get a DVD to play on a Linux computer. The representatives are backing a bill that would overturn major portions of the DMCA, allowing people to copy CDs and DVDs more freely.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Case No. 03-15313, rules that DirecTV cannot sue individuals for “mere possession” of technology that is capable of intercepting DirecTV”s satellite signal. See DIRECTV, INC., a California corporation, Plaintiff-Appellant, versus MIKE TREWORGY, Defendant-Appellee; on Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; before ANDERSON, HULL and PRYOR, Circuit Judges; Order (June 15, 2004 by PRYOR, Circuit Judge. See Order here (pdf format).