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CNET News.com: Court: Programming languages covered by First Amendment

Apr 05, 2000, 04:17 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patricia Jacobus)

[ Thanks to David Walser for this link. ]

"A federal appeals court today cleared the way for a law professor to post previously banned encryption software on the Internet, finding that computer code qualifies as speech protected by the First Amendment."

"...the ruling could hold deeper significance for other battles to keep computer code off of the Internet. According to some legal analysts, programmers accused of wrongdoing could find a powerful First Amendment defense if the decision holds."

"For example, some theorized that today's decision could test the balance between free speech and copyright protections in litigation between the movie industry and Web operators accused of circulating a program that lets people crack the security on DVDs."

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