General Electric did not infringe on a power supplier's digital copyrights when it used protected software unlocked through a hacked security key, the 5th Circuit ruled (PDF).
"Merely bypassing a technological protection that restricts a user from viewing or using a work is insufficient to trigger the (Digital Millennium Copyright Act's) anti-circumvention provision," Judge Garza wrote for the New Orleans-based court.
Forget those well-thumbed paperbacks with covers last laminated in the mid-1980s. Libraries, often chided for being outdated and remote, are going digital – with e-books arriving on numerous virtual library shelves.
But the concept of freely available electronic books has raised hackles in parts of the book industry. Some retailers argue unlimited access could undermine e-book sales. Looming over the debate is the shadow of local authority budget cuts, which at worst will push some libraries towards closure.
- Spilling a drink on a hardcover doesn't cause it to die
- You can't press a leaf in an e-book, even a virtual one
- You can't have an author sign an e-book (yet)
- Ebooks don't float in a pool
- You can't use an e-book as a doorstop or to prop open a window