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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:55 am    Post subject: Mexico Makes Modification Illegal, including Linux Reply with quote

Mexico Makes Software & Hardware Modification Illegal (including Linux)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ3LphA-SW4

Is this for real? Anybody from Mexico, or fluent with Spanish, can confirm if this is not just a misunderstanding or fake news, please?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, here's the new legislation (Ley Federal de Protección a la Propiedad Industrial) that the YouTube video is talking about:

http://www.diputados.gob.mx/LeyesBiblio/pdf/LFPPI_010720.pdf

From a cursory scan, it looks to me like it's intended to further protect intellectual property and 'industrial secrets'. I don't see why installing Linux on e.g. a Dell laptop and overwriting Windows 10 would constitute infringement of Dell and Microsoft's intellectual property rights or their 'industrial secrets'. Unless an expert in Mexican law can point to specific clauses in the new legislation that specifically prohibits that, I would think the installation and use of Linux is unaffected.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That one seems to be about something else.

The video description is linking to this webpage: https://www.xataka.com.mx/legislacion-y-derechos/reparar-tu-smartphone-instalarle-rom-sera-delito-mexico-nueva-ley-que-proteje-candados-digitales-explicada

and the webpage is linking to a pdf text of the law that returns err 404, but apparently has a different number than the one about industrial IP and patents: http://www.diputados.gob.mx/LeyesBiblio/pdf/122_240120.pdf
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fitzcarraldo wrote:
Well, here's the new legislation (Ley Federal de Protección a la Propiedad Industrial) that the YouTube video is talking about:

http://www.diputados.gob.mx/LeyesBiblio/pdf/LFPPI_010720.pdf

From a cursory scan, it looks to me like it's intended to further protect intellectual property and 'industrial secrets'. I don't see why installing Linux on e.g. a Dell laptop and overwriting Windows 10 would constitute infringement of Dell and Microsoft's intellectual property rights or their 'industrial secrets'. Unless an expert in Mexican law can point to specific clauses in the new legislation that specifically prohibits that, I would think the installation and use of Linux is unaffected.


This seems right from what I see as well, but am no lawyer.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RoGeorge wrote:
That one seems to be about something else.

The video description is linking to this webpage: https://www.xataka.com.mx/legislacion-y-derechos/reparar-tu-smartphone-instalarle-rom-sera-delito-mexico-nueva-ley-que-proteje-candados-digitales-explicada

and the webpage is linking to a pdf text of the law that returns err 404, but apparently has a different number than the one about industrial IP and patents: http://www.diputados.gob.mx/LeyesBiblio/pdf/122_240120.pdf


If referring to la "Ley Federal del Derecho de Autor", the link to that law (24 December 1996) and its various amendments up to the latest on 1 July 2020 is on the following site:

http://www.diputados.gob.mx/LeyesBiblio/ref/lfda.htm

From a cursory scan, it's about the author's rights (music, software, firmware, broadcasts, books, etc.). Again, unless an expert in Mexican law can point to specific clauses in that legislation that specifically prohibits it, I would think the installation and use of Linux is unaffected.
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