[free-sklyarov] Linux update withholds security info on DMCA terror

Matthew Russotto russotto at pond.com
Fri Nov 2 10:35:27 PST 2001

I'm afraid I have to agree with Kenneth Burger over the latest Alan Cox move.  He's deliberately overstating the DMCA and taking extreme actions in order to draw attention to the cause, and he's punishing Linux users and maintainers to do it.  His actions cannot be justified.  On the face of it, publishing details of security updates does not violate the DMCA, and indeed is quite common and so far never prosecuted.  There is a tortuous (no pun intended) argument by which such publishing could violate the DMCA... however, the same argument would also apply to the changes themselves, which Mr. Cox is NOT suppressing.  Therefore, it seems his action is political and not based on any genuine reasonable or unreasonable fear of prosecution.

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