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ComputerWorld: Symantec seeks halt to posting blocked-site list

Mar 15, 2000, 16:27 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Symantec Corp. has asked a Massachusetts Internet service provider to remove links to a list of Web sites blocked by Symantec's I-Gear Internet filtering software, as well as to a program that decrypts the list. Symantec charges that the information is protected by copyright and trade-secret laws."

"Peacefire, the group that posted the links on its Web site, contends that the links reveal a tool with a high error rate that violates users' privacy."

"Symantec's efforts to yank the links reflect a strategy some companies are using to prevent the distribution of information they consider damaging or illegal, or to ban software created by reverse engineering their products. In December, the Motion Picture Association of America invoked the 'anti-circumvention' provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act when it sued 72 Web-site operators for posting an 'unauthorized' Linux playback utility for DVDs."

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