DMCA Takedown Used to Attack Custom ROMs
The DMCA sure has been a thorn in the side of smartphone enthusiasts in the US lately, first getting a lot of attention for its role in restricting the ability for smartphone owners to carrier unlock their handsets, and now today we see it used to disrupt a number of custom ROM projects.
A company called DxO Labs recently sent out a DMCA takedown notice to GitHub, requesting that files related to a number of code repositories be removed for violations under the Act. Those includes some work that’s part of CyanogenMod.
Things get a little confusing when we look at just why this request was made. As near as anyone can tell, it centers around the file “libDxOAF.so” which is used to drive the auto-focus camera in a number of models. If this was a simple matter of redistributing copyrighted code, we could understand what DxO’s objection was, but its notice instead asserts that the offending files violate the DMCA’s anti-circumvention rules.
For now, there’s some hope that DxO’s legal department may have overreacted and will eventually step back from its demands, but for now, GitHub is complying by blocking access to the affected repositories.