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ZDNet News: Techies wage war on copyright cartels

May 19, 2000, 12:57 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos)

"Cyberrights advocates, open-source evangelists and even librarians met at Stanford Law School on Thursday in an attempt to limit the effectiveness of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 -- a piece of legislation that gives music producers, Hollywood studios and software companies unprecedented powers over the use of copyrighted works."

"American copyright law is supposed to encourage creativity, but what we are seeing -- 200 years later -- is a situation where the law discourages the creative process," Siva Vaidhyanathan, a faculty fellow in the School of Culture and Communications at New York University, said at a press conference before a meeting whose outcome could handcuff the law."

"...Battles on many fronts Such legal battles cropping up over DVD movies -- and how consumers are allowed to access them -- show only one facet of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Among the battles:"

"Microsoft vs. Slashdot: Driven by popular outcry, Microsoft opened its own proprietary specification, based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's secure authentication protocol, called Kerberos. The standard allows client computers on the Web to securely contact a server using public encryption. However, Microsoft's version adds a few twists aimed at letting Windows clients better connect to Windows servers."

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