A Look At The DMCA's Chilling Effects On Security Research
from the sad dept
Michael Scott points us to a column over at BetaNews recounting many of the examples of how the DMCA has created a chilling effect on security research. The column talks about the importance of hacking and tinkering, and then reminds us of all those stories we've heard: Ed Felten (threatened for both his research into DRM and e-voting), Alex Haldeman's DRM research. Seth Finklestein on censorware. Dmitry Sklyarov spending months in jail for discovering a security flaw. Eric Corley for daring to publish the basic DeCSS code in a magazine. Most of these stories you should already be familiar with, but it seems that the massive chilling effects of the DMCA on security research haven't been discussed in a while -- and it's certainly worth putting some of these famed cases together in one spot to remind people that the problems with the DMCA remain and are doing great damage to our security -- at exactly the time when the government claims we need to improve our cybersecurity.