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RE: [dvd-discuss] EFF: Security Researchers Drop Scientific Censorship Case
- To: "'dvd-discuss(at)cyber.law.harvard.edu'" <dvd-discuss(at)cyber.law.harvard.edu>
- Subject: RE: [dvd-discuss] EFF: Security Researchers Drop Scientific Censorship Case
- From: Richard Hartman <hartman(at)onetouch.com>
- Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 08:32:52 -0800
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wendy Seltzer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> >From: Declan McCullagh <email@example.com>
> >From: Will Doherty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >Security Researchers Drop Scientific Censorship Case
> >Government, Industry Claim DMCA Not a Threat to Science
> >San Francisco - Citing assurances from the government, the
> >recording industry, and a federal court that the threats
> >against his research team were ill-conceived and will not
> >be repeated, Professor Edward Felten and his research team
> >decided not to appeal the November dismissal of their case
> >by a New Jersey Federal Court.
They _believed_ them !??!?
> >The government stated in documents filed with the court in
> >November 2001 that "scientists attempting to study access
> >control technologies" are not subject to the Digital
> >Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
What about the rest of the populace, who might just be
doing it as a hobby? What happens if they manage to break
some fancy-pants encryption algorithm? Do they get to publish
their results, or do they get their asses tossed in prison
because they aren't "scientists"?
> >"Based on these and other statements from the government
> >and the recording industry, the judge dismissed our case,"
> >noted Princeton Professor Ed Felten. "Although we would
> >have preferred an enforceable court ruling, our research
> >team decided to take the government and industry at their
never a good idea ... ya gotta get it in writing (or a
judgement in this case).
Although I have sympathy for all that Felten et al. have
been through, you'd think that if they'd come this far
they could've held out a little longer.
This a black day for the forces of all that is good and
-Richard M. Hartman
186,000 mi./sec ... not just a good idea, it's the LAW!