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Salon/AP: Prof. Felten describes hacking music industry's anti-piracy technology

May 19, 2001, 17:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ron Harris)

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The most interesting detail of this article is that the RIAA's general counsel has told the Associated Press that warning the team responsible for successfully cracking SDMI that publishing their findings might be actionable under the DMCA was a mistake. Probably a good thing for the RIAA to say, considering the article also points out that the team is making no bones about the fact that the DMCA could have a serious chilling effect on academic discussion.

"We simply weren't as sensitive as we should have been about how the letter would be perceived," Sherman said.

When asked if the RIAA would sue if the paper were published, as Felten fears, Sherman said "No."

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