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LA Times: Piracy Contest Is Not Music to Hackers' Ears

Sep 27, 2000, 07:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg Miller)

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"It seemed like a contest computer hackers would sprint across cyberspace to enter: Dismantle the music industry's latest anti-piracy technology and win $10,000. Instead, many of the most prominent members of the hacking community are refusing to participate in the contest and are urging their peers to boycott it because of one not-so-minor catch."

"'Thanks . . . but no thanks,' Don Marti, technical editor of Linux Journal, recently wrote to contest organizers in a message since posted on Web sites popular with hackers and programmers. 'I won't do your dirty work for you.'"

"Marti said he has heard from hundreds of hackers and others supporting the boycott. But Chiariglione said the protest hasn't disrupted SDMI's plans. 'They are not helping,' he said, 'but they are not disrupting.'"

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