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RAM copies limited

From: Rjack
Subject: RAM copies limited
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 09:36:22 -0400
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20090302)

Here is a decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that
I just found that is utterly flabbergasting in its implications:
Cartoon Network LP, LLLP v. CSC Holdings, Inc., 536 F.3d 121
(2d Cir. 2008).

It seems to say that if your read a computer program (or portions
thereof) into RAM for transitory milliseconds or less, no copy for
purposes of copyright law is made (contrast with MAI Systems Corp
. v. Peak Computer Inc., 991 F.2d 511 (9th Cir. 1993).

"We have no quarrel with this reasoning; it merely makes explicit
the reasoning that is implicit in the other MAI Systems cases.
Accordingly, those cases provide no support for the conclusion that
the definition of “fixed” does not include a duration requirement."

A typical PC with a GHZ clock could read segments of a computer
program into memory and execute and wipe that memory in microseconds.

Rjack :)

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