Fw: IDG.net on Felten and the DMCA

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From: Joseph S. Barrera III (joe@barrera.org)
Date: Mon May 07 2001 - 02:29:18 PDT

Geege sent this to me a few days ago to post on FoRK, but it got
burried in my inbox until now.


It includes a bit on possible effect on the DeCSS/2600 appeal:

"Felten and several of his students accepted the challenge, and in a
distressingly short time claimed to have defeated all four of the
industry's watermarks. According to an article in Salon.com, Felten
then withdrew from the contest, and, rather than claim his rightful
prize, announced that he would publish a paper describing his
successful hacks. In early April, three weeks before Felten's
scheduled reading of his paper, he received the letter from Oppenheim,
and eventually withdrew his paper.

"The timing, as Salon.com points out, could hardly be better for those
on the free speech side of the divide. This Tuesday, May 1, Kathleen
Sullivan, the Dean of Stanford Law School, will walk into the 2nd
U.S. Court of Appeals and try to reverse a verdict, won by Universal
Studios, that prevented 2600 Magazine from publishing the DeCSS DVD
decryption code. Because of Felten's withdrawal, Sullivan's arsenal
now includes evidence that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be
employed to stifle academic research."

Joseph S. Barrera III
Software Architect, Kana Communications, Inc.
1.650.219-4557 (cell) / 1.650.588-4801 (home)
joe@barrera.org / napier@waste.org / joebar@broadbase.com
www.barrera.org / www.waste.org / www.kana.com

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