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Judge orders CP codebreaker site shut down

Mar 18, 2000, 17:46 (8 Talkback[s])

From: owner-peacefire-press@iain.com
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2000 1:49 PM
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U.S. District Judge Edward F. Harrington has ordered the authors of the "Cyber Patrol codebreaker" program to remove their site from the Internet and stop distributing information about how to decode the list of blocked sites and find out what Cyber Patrol is blocking. The AP story is at:


Effective immediately, Peacefire is setting up a "mirror site network" at:

where we will maintain links to all known mirror sites of the original essay. Even if Cyber Patrol is successful in shutting down the original site in Sweden, they will not be able to shut down all mirror sites around the world. We will not remove our links list without a court order -- and no U.S. court has ever ordered a defendant to take down a *link* to an overseas site. (Even the judge who ruled in the DeCSS DVD-playing program -- who granted almost all of the requests made by the film and music industry lawyers -- did not force defendants to stop linking to mirror sites.)

We have the text of the complaint that Cyber Patrol filed in court, ordering the Swedish ISP to remove the essay describing how to decrypt Cyber Patrol's list of blocked sites:


The text of the judge's temporary injunction, ordering the defendants to remove the essay from their Web site, is not online yet.


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