Toward a More Balanced Model: Revision of Anti-circumvention Rules

  • Jerry Jie Hua


This chapter will analyze the protection of digital rights management (DRM) information and the anti-circumvention rules which prohibit unauthorized circumvention of technological measures. This chapter will first provide a basic understanding on the protection of DRM and technological measures by explaining the key terms that have been incorporated into the anti-circumvention provisions. This chapter will then examine the balanced and unbalanced aspects under the anti-circumvention rules provided by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of the United States. The balanced aspect is supported by general and specific exceptions as well as an ongoing administrative rule-making proceeding with regard to the immunization of liability from circumvention acts. However, the problem of imbalance still exists, mainly due to prohibition against the circumvention of access-control measures and trafficking of circumvention-facilitated devices, which outweighs the balanced aspects. The chapter will finally recommend a more balanced model for anti-circumvention rules by including a technological component for minimalist use, a legislative component for general exceptions, a judicial component for case decisions, and an alternative scheme design for protecting technological measures under competition law.


Technological Measure Copyright Protection Digital Right Management Protected Work Copyright Owner 
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  • Jerry Jie Hua
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  1. 1.Deacons (Hong Kong)Hong KongChina

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