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Re: [dvd-discuss] Re: [DMCA_discuss] Linux kernel security fixes censored by the DMCA
- To: dvd-discuss(at)cyber.law.harvard.edu
- Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Re: [DMCA_discuss] Linux kernel security fixes censored by the DMCA
- From: daw(at)mozart.cs.berkeley.edu (David Wagner)
- Date: 26 Oct 2001 00:43:54 GMT
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I wish you were right. Sadly, it's not this simple. Alax Cox is not
of the wall.
I've spent some time talking to lawyers about what the DMCA really
prohibits, and they tell me that the law is unclear enough that it is
entirely plausible that it could be read to prohibit not only black boxes
but also software, even paper documents, even only a description of a flaw
or how to exploit it. (Check out the "technology [...] or part thereof"
phraseology, for instance.)
The risk is substantial, and I was advised to take it very seriously.