The DMCA and Garage Door Openers

By Deane Barker on September 17, 2003

Garage Doors Raise DMCA Questions: There’s a fascinating test of the DMCA playing out in court right now.

Skylink Technologies manufactures a universal garage door opener that can be used to open and shut any type of garage door. Its competitor, the Chamberlain Group, claims that Skylink violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, by selling such a product.

Chamberlain alleges Skylink’s handheld portable transmitter can activate Chamberlain’s garage door openers and, in doing so, unlawfully bypasses a technology-protection measure built into the device’s software.



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