German-based media giant Bertelsmann Group has launched a 400 million dollar lawsuit against major hardware manufacturers, alleging they traffic in
banned circumvention devices that can be used to illegally copy their music CDs. It says that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act entitles it to
protection from devices that can be used to circumvent its technological protections against piracy. Specifically, it demands compensation for the
inclusion of "Shift" buttons on standard computer keyboards.
October 9, 2003