Tuesday, December 17, 2002

the dmca

It's possible by now you've heard that the criminal prosecution under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against Russian software manufacturer Elcomsoft was halted by a jury's decision to find the company not guilty earlier today:
Defense attorney Joe Burton said the government failed to prove Elcomsoft intended to violate the law, but predicted more prosecutions.

"I don't see it as throwing a blanket on DMCA," Burton said. "It will take another case to test that."
Another application of the DMCA that I missed a few days ago was its use in the shutdown of a parody site involving Dow Chemical. The parody site is now gone, and the domain name now redirects to Dow Chemical's pages.

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