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David Touretzky: Response to MPA Threat Letter

Feb 27, 2001, 07:45 (24 Talkback[s])
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"I write in response to your email of yesterday, in which you allege that I am illegally providing a "circumvention device" as defined in 17 USC 1201(a)(2). The only URL given in your complaint was

which is the address of my personal home page. I understand that you are not objecting to my entire home page, but rather, to certain portions of it that deal with DeCSS. However, you neglected to specify the files that you object to. If you visit my "Gallery of CSS Descramblers" at
you will find the DeCSS code in several dozen forms. The C source code is there, naturally. But the same ideas are also expressed in many other forms...."

"I would like to know if it is the intent of the MPA to exert editorial control over scholarly publications by computer science faculty that deal with DeCSS, and if so, exactly which sort of publications will the MPA permit in the future, and which sort will result in legal threats such as your letter of yesterday."

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