An anonymous reader writes: Two manufacturers of digital rights management (DRM) systems, Media Rights Technologies (MRT) and BlueBeat.com, "have issued cease and desist letters against Apple, Microsoft Real and Adobe for not including their technological protection measures in products like Windows, iPod and Flash Player." (TechnoLlama, May 12; Louisville Music News, May 16, whose headline we have borrowed). Explains Podcasting News (May 12):
The companies are using an unusual interpretation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) to make their case. The DMCA, signed into law by President Clinton in 1998, makes prohibits the manufacture of any product or technology that is designed for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure which effectively controls access to a copyrighted work or which protects the rights of copyright owners. According to the firms, mere avoidance of an effective copyright protection solution is a violation of the DMCA.