Security Researchers Shouldn't Face DMCA Liability While Protecting Users From Faulty DRM
from the no-brainers dept
The DMCA gives the Librarian of Congress the power to grant three-year exemptions for DRM circumventions that are perceived to be in the public interest, and one of the exemptions granted in the 2006 triennial review was for CD-based DRM schemes that create security problems. Alex points out in his filing that the most serious security vulnerabilities created by DRM since that rule-making have come not from CD-based DRM but from video game DRM, which has not been adequately studied by security researchers. A ton of prominent security researchers (including Alex and my mutual advisor, Ed Felten) have endorsed Alex's request, arguing that the threat of DMCA liability hampers their research. We hope the Librarian of Congress is listening. If you live near Palo Alto or Washington, DC, you can sign up to testify about Alex's proposal (or others) by filling out this form.