"The Napster case is important, but it's nothing compared with
another lawsuit brought by the movie studios against the
proprietors of www.2600.com... I understand the reason the movie
studios are upset, and I certainly believe they are entitled to
their copyrights. I also believe that consumers are entitled to
their rights under the copyright act and that copyright law should
not supersede all the other laws we have."
"This case is raising a number of issues that are very
troubling. Most of these issues deal with the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act, which Congress passed in 1998 in an attempt to
define copyright in a digital age. That act made it a crime to
offer to the public a way to decrypt copyrighted material. The act
sounds well and good, but in practice it's far from clean."
"My biggest concern is the contention that the act prevents
even the discussion of how to decrypt the code. Excuse me? That
seems like a huge infringement on our First Amendment rights.
Discussing how some form of encryption works seems a fair topic to
me, and I sure don't want the government telling me I can't discuss
it. I'm also worried about the contention that 2600 shouldn't
even be able to point to the code if it's on someone else's site.
Again, pointing strikes me as journalism, not publishing."
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