[free-sklyarov] voices screaming with maniacal laughter (was: Re: locking up books)
larsg at eurorights.org
Mon Jul 23 04:53:34 PDT 2001
Paul Gowder wrote:
> 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!"
> Too cute?
> 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.
This is at best somewhat-offtopic, but anyway. :)
There is an exception for law enforcement.
So, it would be illegal for Adobe to decrypt the author's name but
it is legal for the police to do so.
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