Felten drops censorship case
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Source: MusicDish - February 6, 2002
Princeton Professor Edward Felten and his group won't appeal the November
dismissal of their case by a New Jersey Federal Court, says the Electronic
Frontier Foundation (EFF)on its web site. "The statements by the government
and the recording industry indicate that they now recognize they can't use
the DMCA to squelch science," said EFF legal director Cindy Cohn.
Together with USENIX, an association of over 10,000 technologists that
publishes scientific research, Professor Felten and his team had asked the
court to allow them to discuss and publish their work, including weaknesses
in technological systems used to control digital music, under the First
Amendment. The much-vilified DMCA, passed in 1998, outlaws providing
technology and information that can be used to gain access to a copyrighted
"The recording industry threatened the researchers under the DMCA for their
planned release of a research paper describing the defects in the proposed
Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) lock-down schemes for audio CDs,"
said the EFF n a press release. "The original threats led the researchers to
withdraw the paper from a planned conference. In response to the lawsuit,
the recording industry promised not to sue the research team or USENIX for
presenting the research at a USENIX security conference in August 2001."
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