[free-sklyarov] Anybody here own a town? 1201(e)

bahrainperson1 at cyber-rights.net bahrainperson1 at cyber-rights.net
Thu Aug 30 22:04:03 PDT 2001

>On Thu, 30 Aug 2001, Jeme A Brelin wrote:
>> This is brilliant.
>> And it doesn't even have to be a small town.  We just need a government
>> agency to sponsor research into information security.
>       Wait a minute,
>       someone is doing university research under a DoD grant?
>       Holy crap, it couldn't be that simple, could it?
>                                                        -Scott

No it is not that simple. What  you are talking about is not a protection 
but a legal technicality. 

Here is the scenario. You release some software, paper, speech, or just 
tell you neighbor that you can break some eBook format. The company who 
makes said software hears about it, calls the FBI, has you arrested, you 
are placed in Jail, maybe can make bail if it is even granted and you await 
your court date. Now assuming that you have the resources you go through 
a 6-36 month process of hearings, trials, appeals, motions and other legal 
wranglings you maybe, maybe, get free. That is if your lawyer manages to 
convince a jury and/or judge that you fit the very narrow loophole.

So you are free, big deal. You are financially devasted, probably unemployed,
 maybe unemployable since you were not exonerated, your were let go on a 
technicality. You know what that means to most people? You are guilty but 
your scumbag lawyer managed to lie enough for you so that you could get 
off. Heck, even people who are found innocent are often still considered 
guilty by the very fact you were even charged, after all innocent people 
are never charged right?

Listen, this law does one thing, it strips you of your rights, all for the 
greed of a few. Rights a lot of people fought long and hard to get for you. 

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