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February 10, 2005
Look But Don't Reverse Engineer
Jason Schultz, commenting on the DMCA lawsuit against two people who reverse-engineered and modified a video game so they could "undress" the female characters:
"This complaint is absurd. The law allows for fair use of other people's copyrighted works without any permission needed, and one of the key things that you're allowed to do is make copies in order to reverse engineer and understand how they work. If they'd offered a competing video game with Tecmo's code in it, it's a legal issue. But here, they have simply offered a way for legitimate game owners to modify how the game looks on their screen. Its like a home customization kit. It's not competing in any way with Tecmo's product. In fact, you have to own Tecmo's product to use this stuff."
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