May 31, 2005

RAW File Encryption and Competition Law

The recent decision by Nikon to encrypt its RAW files for certain of its digital cameras, most notably the D2X, and the response to this decision by Thomas Knoll of Adobe Photoshop fame has ignited significant controversy in various photography web site forums. Much of this discussion has involved expressions of anger by individual photographers who regard their images as their property, and therefore, believe that they have a right to develop those images as they choose.

Andrew J. Roman over at the Luminous-Landscape website has posted and essay of the legality of such encryption schemes within competition law in Canada. RAW File Encryption and Competition Law is worth a read.