A few days ago, on June 29 and 30, in the Mexican Senate, reforms have been approved to the Federal Copyright Law (LFDA), both in the Senate and in the Chamber of Deputies. This reform now establishes that digital locks must not be broken, with very few exceptions. Noting that, a digital padlock is nothing more than a technological protection mechanism used by device manufacturers or developers to ensure the usufruct of copyright that belong to you.
But how can this affect or endanger Free Software and GNU / Linux? Well, making a summary of what has been commented by organizations and citizens of said country about said legislative reforms, it can be extracted that these new changes in said laws can now be penalty of administrative or criminal sanctions, prevent users from performing certain technical activities considered sensitive for manufacturers or developers.
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Legal reforms that violate the digital rights of Citizens?
Among the sensitive technical activities, what are you legal reforms They can include, according to said organizations and other citizens, are the following:
- Make a copy of the information that the systems contain,
- Access or alter the original software code provided with the device,
- Replace the original software provided with the device with an alternative one.
Which clearly, according to these organizations, restricts or violates the freedom of users to decide how use and repair your devices acquired, since repairing is usually a technical activity that tends to resort to breaking the digital padlocks (Manager of Digital Rights or DRM, of English Digital Rights Management) of the devices, in order to update them in the event that, for example, it has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
And consequently, by restricting or prohibiting them from using Non-original software legally provided by the device manufacturer, evidently they may be referring to Free and open operating systems and / or programs.
Or what is the same, to the use of Free Software, Open Source and GNU / LinuxOn computers, tablets, mobiles, video game consoles and other types of computing devices.
New Federal Copyright Law of Mexico
According to the organization R3D or Network for the Defense of Digital Rights y Article 19, among many other organizations and citizens of that country, warn that if this law and other related legal reforms, which have been given in Mexico to adapt your national legislation to intellectual property chapter of the T-MEC, you can get to:
- A serious setback to the freedom of expression agenda.
- An increase in internet censorship
- A decline in the protection of human rights
Regarding this last point in particular, they say that the right to freedom of expression and the right to repair electronic devices should be included.
From me, as a passionate user, promoter and advocate of Free Software, Open Source and GNU / Linux, I give you all my support, in defense of your digital rights, especially the one referring to repair your electronic devices y use Free Software, Open Source and GNU / Linux, on them, if they wish.
We must look at this case very carefully, since if all these possible consequences are true, we could be seeing many similar cases in other countries, which would seriously jeopardize the existence of the Free Software, Open Source and GNU / Linux, as we know it today, but on a global level.
For more information, both against and in favor of these reforms, you can see the next official video of the organization Network for the Defense of Digital Rights, called: Threats to digital rights in the implementation of the TMEC. And review the reforms approved in the following 2 links so that each one can form their own independent opinion on such an important topic for everyone:
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