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eWeek: Life, liberty and the pursuit of free DVDs

Aug 29, 2000, 19:26 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Taschek)

"The publication argues that source code equals speech and that government intervention prohibiting the publication of this "speech" would be in violation of the First Amendment."

"Good try, Electronic Freedom Foundation! Your lawyers, who represent 2600, have convinced a growing segment of the public that source code is indeed speech and that viruses, vulnerability exploits and copyright hacks are protected by the Bill of Rights...."

"The second thing 2600's lawyers tried to do was rely on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for protection. Sorry, that won't work either. Section 1201 of the DMCA clearly states that it is against the law to gain unauthorized access to copyrighted material or to make available technologies-such as DeCSS-used to defeat technological measures controlling access."

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