[free-sklyarov] voices screaming with maniacal laughter (was: Re: locking up
paul at paultopia.net
Mon Jul 23 03:55:36 PDT 2001
>Yes, these companies are trying to do with the law what
>they fail to do with technology. But the impact on us
>technologists is severe. It means that cryptographic
>scientists can't even disclose publicly what they found
>wrong with weak schemes by companies such as Adobe or
Hence the transcendent virtue anonymity.
Raised to a more amusingly extreme level: There's a little strange voice in
my head that says "what would happen if a bunch of hackers [or even civil
libertarian software engineers... ] were to spend their time
exposing/breaking weak encryption, but, rather than simply do it
anonymously, 'encrypt' their identities behind ROT-13 or some such...
rot... such that, at the very moment the software company target files suit
against the doeishly innocent cryptographer, they confess their own
violation of the very same act, with hopefully offsetting damages, and --
get this -- for financial advantage! (to protect their market for the
flawed product), hence subjecting them to criminal prosecution as well!"
Watch there's an exception in the DMCA somewhere I don't know about making
this impossible. Never actually read it from start to finish.
"It's because they're stupid. That's why everyone does everything."
- Homer Simpson
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