Samba & DMCA

David Brodbeck DavidB at
Thu Feb 21 12:55:03 GMT 2002

You could also argue that Microsoft benefits from Samba because it
encourages more people to use Windows workstations.  I suspect this is why
they support SMB as a standard.

-----Original Message-----
From: Esh, Andrew [mailto:AEsh at]
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2002 3:28 PM
To: samba-technical at
Subject: RE: Samba & DMCA

But there are copy protection measures in Windows. The question is not
whether Samba is protected by the DMCA from copying or reverse engineering
by others. The question is whether Samba violates the DMCA by reverse
engineering the Windows networking protocol. I don't think it does, but not
for the reasons discussed here. Blizzard feels they "own" the content or
connectivity of their network. bnetd violates that, harming Blizzard.
Microsoft does not own the content being transported on the end user's CIFS
network. It could be argued that Microsoft is being harmed by Samba in
reduced server software sales, but they invalidated their position by
supporting Samba and CIFS.

-----Original Message----- 
From: David Brodbeck [ mailto:DavidB at
<mailto:DavidB at> ] 
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2002 10:47 AM 
To: samba-technical at 
Subject: RE: Samba & DMCA 

The DMCA covers software that provides a copy protection function.  There's 
(currently) nothing in SMB that does this. 

-----Original Message----- 
From: Maksim Yakubenko [ mailto:yak at <mailto:yak at> ] 
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2002 9:41 AM 
To: samba-technical at 
Subject: Re: Samba & DMCA 

>         2) establishing  or interpreting portions of 
>            the protocol as "anti-circumvention" 
>            measures, and 

I don't really understand this. That does this mean? 

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