Monday, August 20, 2007

Coupons are big business, big enough, in fact, to warrant protection under the DMCA?

Coupon Hacker Faces DMCA Lawsuit
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, last month, Coupons Inc. accuses Stottlemire of creating and giving away a program that erases the unique identifier, allowing consumers to repeatedly download and print as many copies of a particular coupon as they want.
The Digital Millenium Copyright Act really seems to have far-reaching tentacles for reeling in violators. This guy found a way to print unlimited numbers of coupons by simply deleting files and registry entries from his own computer. His problem: He posted the "hack" online and other people followed his instructions.

That seems to be the crux of this case.