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LA Times: Hackers Are the Real Victims--of Industry Greed

Feb 07, 2000, 17:24 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erann Gat)

[ Thanks to Paul Eggert for this link. ]

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece, Erann Gat, Senior Computer Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, writes:

"The hackers are coming! The hackers are coming!... This is the alarm sounded by Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America.... There's just one small problem: Encryption does not in any way hinder making an illegal copy of a DVD. It never has."

"Far from being an illegal and immoral activity, hacking the DVD encryption codes was entirely legal, moral and necessary in order to circumvent the DVD industry's shameful attempts to restrict the legal rights of consumers through technical coercion."

"There is a disturbing Orwellian overtone to Valenti's attempt to paint hackers as villains and the DVD industry as victim in the public eye."

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