InfoWorld: Legitimate concerns vs. free speech: Who defines the rules for the Net?
Nov 07, 2000, 19:35 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Foster)
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"We are used to thinking of censorship as something governments
do. But on the Internet of late, censorship appears to be more of a
"Although different situations in many respects, @Home and
Digital Convergence both successfully used the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act (DMCA) to get their rather dubious intellectual
property claims upheld."
"... the big companies have gotten what they wanted in these
cases -- and without going to court, where they might well lose.
The DMCA puts one very dangerous new weapon in the hands of
corporate lawyers: the ability to get a supposed infringer's
service provider to close a Web site or Internet account even with
a highly dubious claim of intellectual property violations."
"This is all happening without UCITA being the law in any of the
relevant states. If you combine UCITA -- and its ability to
enforce such things as shrinkwrap terms prohibiting product
criticism and reverse engineering -- with the DMCA, what will we
have? I fear it could be a form of censorship that will make the
most despotic governments exceedingly envious."
- The Register: Consumer friendly FTC may demand software works to spec(Nov 02, 2000)
- NY Times: Copyright Office Backs Ban on Code-Breaking Software(Oct 30, 2000)
- The Register: Senator Hatch's Napster Epiphany(Oct 24, 2000)
- ComputerWorld: FTC to study software-licensing practices(Oct 23, 2000)
- LA Weekly: Enhancing the Scanner - Can Digital Convergence stop hackers from making the CueCat useful?(Oct 01, 2000)
- ComputerWorld: Maryland's UCITA May Have National Reach(Sep 06, 2000)
- SJ Mercury: Digital Copyright Act comes back to haunt consumers(Aug 29, 2000)
- The Chronicle of Higher Education: New Software-Licensing Legislation Said to Imperil Academic Freedom(Aug 16, 2000)
- InfoWorld: The licensing game(Aug 08, 2000)
- LA Weekly: Wares Wars - Consumer non-protection act threatens open-sourcers(Jun 26, 2000)
- Baltimore Sun: Software law foes see route to harm(Jun 20, 2000)
- Chicago Tribune: Heated debate accompanies legislation on digital software
licenses(May 28, 2000)