October 11, 2001
Ashcroft to academics: DMCA is not your problem
Author: JT Smith
The U.S. Dept. of Justice has filed a motion to dismiss the case of a group of Princeton researchers who are suing to ensure that their research is protected from reprisals otherwise sanctioned by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Attorney General John Ashcroft wants the court to toss out the lawsuit because "the statute in question has never been applied to them," and "they have not foregone any conduct as a result of [the DMCA]." Ashcroft apparently isn't aware of the rash of e-mailed legal threats Edward Felten's SDMI research team received. Full story at InfoWorld.