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The Register: Crypto code is protected speech — appellate court

“”The [US] Supreme Court has expressed the versatile scope of
the First Amendment by labelling as ‘unquestionably shielded’ the
artwork of Jackson Pollack, the music of Arnold Schoenberg, or the
Jabberwocky verse of Lewis Carroll,” the decision says.”

“”Though unquestionably expressive, these things identified by
the Court are not traditional speech. Particularly, a musical score
cannot be read by the majority of the public but can be used as a
means of communication among musicians. Likewise, computer source
code, though unintelligible to many, is the preferred method of
communication among computer programmers.””

“”Because computer source code is an expressive means for
the exchange of information and ideas about computer programming,
we hold that it is protected by the First Amendment,” the judges
concluded.”

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