DMCA Used to Stymie Competition...Again
November 04, 2005
As we've noted before, the DMCA has increasingly been used to block competition, rather than to stop "piracy." First it was printer toner cartridges, then garage door openers, and today, in Storage Technology v. Custom Hardware Engineering, it's being used in an effort to tie hardware sales to post-sale service contracts. Today, EFF filed an amicus brief in this case, currently pending before the Federal Circuit.
Here are the facts: a vendor of high-density storage solutions wants to dominate the aftermarket for maintenance and service of its products. Nothing new here - vendors would love to lock you into using them for service. Thankfully, independent service providers have traditionally been able to offer some competition, to the benefit of consumers. EFF: DeepLinks
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