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WIRED: Watermark Crackers Back Away

Apr 26, 2001, 16:34 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

Vowing to fight another day for the right to publish their findings, the team that successfully cracked SDMI four times has decided to bow to DMCA-citing threats of litigation from the RIAA and suspend their plans to present a paper on their work at a conference this week.

As we noted in yesterday's item on this story (see Related Stories below), and as readers pointed out in talkbacks, the information is hardly a well-kept secret and it's propagating informally.

"We, the authors, reached a collective decision not to expose ourselves, our employers, and the conference organizers to litigation at this time," Ed Felten, a computer science professor at Princeton, told a crowd of reporters who gathered in the lobby of the Holiday Inn where the Fourth International Information Hiding Workshop was taking place.

"Felten said he and his colleagues would "fight another day, in another way, for the right to publish our paper," but did not say how or when that would happen."

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