Death by DMCA

This article by Fred von Lohmann and Wendy Seltzer in IEEE Spectrum describes some of the problems with legislation based on the DMCA, the 1996 WIPO treaties, and various other regulations against technology (Broadcast flags, etc).

In the eight years since the DMCA's passage, however, piracy has not decreased, and hurdles to lawful uses of media have risen.
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Meanwhile, entire consumer electronics categories have been wiped from retail shelves. If three or four years ago you didn't buy a digital video recorder that automatically skips commercials, you're out of luck; that feature is not in such products today.