October 26, 2004
Update: Jason has more here. The DMCA section is fairly interesting – the court argues that the authentication sequence really doesn’t protect access to the Printer Engine Program in any real, effective sense. Analyzing the effectiveness in this way is not a matter of degree; rather then Printer Engine Program is freely readable and accessible without circumventing anything. The court goes on to stress that their ruling is consistent with the purpose of the DMCA. Like in Skylink, the court stresses that Congress aimed at preventing piracy, not at limiting competition and interop.