August 22, 2001

Copyright law chills IT security research

Author: JT Smith

Computerworld: "A cloud of fear and uncertainty hung over the 10th annual Usenix Security Symposium here last week, as IT researchers
wondered nervously whether they would be hauled off to jail by the FBI for revealing security flaws in an antipiracy technology
backed by the music industry.

That didn't happen, but new charges of government censorship are being levied by critics of a 1998 law designed to protect
copyrighted digital material, such as software, from unauthorized access and copying (see story). If the law isn't changed,
legitimate scientists and corporate IT workers conducting research to improve computer and network security could be sent to
jail, legal experts said."

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