iPod, iTunes cited for ‘DMCA violations’ in new legal filing against Apple

Apple iTunes“Media Rights Technologies (MRT), developers of technology that prevents users from ripping digital media streams, has filed a Cease and Desist letter against Apple and other companies. The organization claims that Apple and others are responsible for violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and intellectual property law,” Peter Cohen reports for Playlist.

Cohen reports, “MRT claims that Vista, Adobe Flash Player, Real Player, iTunes and the iPod have been produced “without regard for the DMCA or the rights of American Intellectual Property owners.” The DMCA, signed into law in 1998, makes it illegal to manufacture products that are designed to circumvent copy protection. Accordingly, MRT has filed Cease and Desist letters against Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and Real to stop production or sale of products that infringe on the DMCA.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Another Irish Dude” and “Escaport” for the heads up.]

Media Rights Technologies’ press release is here.

58 Comments

  1. What I don’t get is why MRT gets to step up and be the police for others on wether or not someone is correctly following the DCMA. Isn’t that the governments responciblity? And to do it because someone isn’t using your techology is ummm…. Well, I can’t say it in polite company.

    MDN Word “Not”: As in MRT is NOT going to win this one.

  2. Actually, Escaport, I believe that this is fairly typical. In many cases a law may be on the books, but not fully interpreted or enforced until a private legal challenge leads to a more detailed interpretation and enforcement approach.

  3. The DMCA is a stupid piece of legislation that should be deemed unconstitutional. My iPod hasn’t stolen content either, although at times I wonder if it’s thinking about just that. It looks too innocent when it’s sleeping.

    MDN word: pressure – yup, that’s what this is all about.

  4. Please keep in mind that I’m not supporting this lawsuit. In fact, my first reaction was “what…?” My second reaction was a pipe dream that irony asserts itself and this lawsuit leads to the DCMA being declared unconstitutional ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> One can only hope…

  5. “What violation?” Indeed.

    “The DMCA, signed into law in 1998, makes it illegal to manufacture products that are designed to circumvent copy protection.”

    Yup. And where on any of my CD’s that I’ve owned since loooong before 1998…did they contain any sort of copy protection that could be subject to being circumvented?

    You can’t be held guilty of circumventing something that doesn’t exist.

    IMO, the world will become a better place when all of the RIAA and/or DMCA laywers are shot…and those who survive, shot again ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    -hh

  6. “Together these four companies are responsible for 98 percent of the media players in the marketplace; CNN, NPR, Clear Channel, MySpace Yahoo and YouTube all use these infringing devices to distribute copyrighted works. We will hold the responsible parties accountable. The time of suing John Doe is over”

    Well why stop there? Consumers use all kinds of mediums to distribute copyrighted works. Take out the recordabel media makers, VCR makers, TiVo, CD/DVD Recorder manufactures, Camcorder makers, cassette tape devices, DAT tapes and drives. You know, just remove all the consumer recording abilities what so ever. And we’ll all happily use your crappy media streaming protection software. We will just sit by and live in a world devoid of consumer rights so you can lean on the DCMA and shove more bucks in your pocket.

    I think… no.

  7. In related news a recall of all camera sold since the 1950s has been put into effect since they can provide an accurate replication of copyright material such as company logos, car designs and celebrities without their consent or payment.

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