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ZDNet: Berst Alert: Free Speech On The Web? Don't Even Talk About It

Aug 24, 2000, 23:32 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Berst)

"Despite freedom of speech, you still can't shout "FIRE" in a crowded theater. Now you can't even point to the person shouting. At least that's one way of reading the ruling in the DVD hacker case. And that's scary."

"The ruling is just another shot in the battle over copyright and free speech on the Net. The same fight has seen file-swapping sites such as Napster and MP3.com on the ropes. But the precedent set by this ruling could be the most sweeping. And the final resolution may ultimately be a political one."

"Not only did Judge Kaplan bar Corley from posting the code, he said the hacker/journalist was not allowed to link to sites where the same software was available for downloading. Corley responded by listing only the names of sites with the code. He says it will take another court order to get him to remove those.

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