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Friday, August 02, 2002

Mixed reports on the DMCA and intellectual inquiry
Politech carries a report that the HP company has vowed not to apply the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) to threaten researchers. Although the DMCA provides clear, stiff penalties for those writing about circumvention, including code-breaking, and HP initially threatened SnoSoft, who probed their work, HP now says they won't bring suit against those who try to crack HP products - for research purposes.

At the same time, this is an all-too-rare sign of intellectual freedom in the DMCA age. Although some educators are aware of the DMCA's powers to chill expression and research, and libraries (perhaps the most ancient threat to copyright power), are beginning to make the world aware of their critical role, Siva Vaidhyanathan finds academics giving in all over the place.
:: posted by Bryan, 11:08 AM |

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