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Re: storing disc key in NVRAM making a new machine. | 756 comments | Create New Account
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Does playing a DVD make a new machine
Authored by: tknarr on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 03:44 PM EDT

So then such a player can never play another DVD? Because if this made it into a new machine then it wouldn't be able to function as the old machine anymore. But it is capable of playing other DVDs, and I'd argue that it's not a new machine merely because it can play one particular disc. If one of the functions of the machine is to assemble and store the key the first time the DVD is played so it doesn't have to repeat the process later, then merely performing that function doesn't change the machine into a new machine. No more than starting a car up makes it into a new car just because the motor's running now and it wasn't 2 seconds ago.

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Re: storing disc key in NVRAM making a new machine.
Authored by: dio gratia on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 07:22 PM EDT

Information is not patent eligible. It's abstract and accomplished by storage of signals which have semiotic meaning.

The idea that adding something patent ineligible and making a new machine is reminiscent of copyright's 17 USC § 101 definition of copies:

Copies” are material objects, other than phonorecords, in which a work is fixed by any method now known or later developed, and from which the work can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. The term “copies” includes the material object, other than a phonorecord, in which the work is first fixed.
You're gracing that abstract information with the attributes of the thing in which you are fixating the information, conflating the medium and the abstract information.

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