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dmarti at zgp.org
Fri Dec 14 13:30:23 PST 2001
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>> HARD NEWS <<
news you'd rather lose
They said that a bunch of geeks waving placards would do
nothing to free DMITRY SKYLAROV. And they said that whining
about obscure Net-torturing provisions in already drafted
legislation would change nothing. And we believed them, too.
It's lucky that other people are more foolishly optimistic
than that. After all, it'd be fair to claim that adverse
publicity of the Skylarov case contributed heavily to
everyone's DMCA poster-boy being released yesterday:
especially Adobe's boycott-prompted wish that Dmitry's
prosecution be dropped. And while UK government defeats
during the final stages of legislation are almost unheard
of, the data retention clause in the Anti-Terrorism Act was
one of the few to get shot down. Out goes the condition that
ISP logs can be kept and examined for detecting any crime.
Now, as heavily lobbied by those "aery-faery" and naive
civil libertarians, it has to be proper *terrorist* crime.
Mr Blunkett, in conceding the amendment, commented that the
logs would have to be kept anyway, to see whether they were
terrorists or not, and "that is how stupid the Liberal
Democrats [and their Tory supporters, presumably] are."
Let's see how stupid the human rights judges, and the Data
Protection folk are when they get to work on this.
Meanwhile, here's to another year of stupid protestors and
their clearly impossible victories.
- the day's Hansard": search, as ever, for 'stupid'
- putting the free into eff
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