|March 16th 2006 is a sad day for France, where these pages are located.
|A law called "DADVSI" (Droits d'Auteur et Droits Vooisins dans la
Société de l'Information, or authors' rights and neighbouring rights in an
information society) has just been voted in.
|One of the effects of DADVSI is to outlaw any and all software that will
distribute media content without using DRM-style controls to ensure that the
media is being sent to an end-user who has the right to access it. DADVSI
outlaws the publication of software and information that would enable people
to bypass the DRM, meaning that Free Open Source Software, of which the source
code must be published, thus revealing the mechanisms that make it
work (including the DRM), cannot be used for these ends.
|Given the nature of several of the documents in this area of my site, I have
had no option but to take them down in order to comply with DADVSI.
|The pages are not, however, completely lost forever. An acquaintance in an
area unencumbered with such political and legal ineptitude as is to be found in
France has agreed to take over publication of these documents.
|These howto pages will appear as and when they're transferred over to
howto-pages.org. Please update your
|Thank you for your patience while enduring this complete and utter stupidity.
Also, many thanks to Howard for taking these pages over.
|-- Godwin Stewart