Universal Garage Door Opener Does Not Violate DMCA

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Universal Garage Door Opener Does Not Violate DMCA - 11/16/03 04:28 PM

The Chamberlain Group, which makes garage opener devices, sued Skylink Technologies for selling a universal garage door opener. Chamberlain said it violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act DMCA since Skylink's remote worked with their software.

Chamberlain says its software had a technology protection measure and Skylink was bypassing this by cracking it. The technology protection measure consisted of rolling code. Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer has ruled against Chamberlain in this matter.

Some say companies are going too far with the DMCA. A similar case is printer company Lexmark's suit against companies that make aftermarket toner cartridges. Skylink's lawyer says the DMCA is for strictly copyrighted material not consumer products.

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