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January 20, 2011 AT 11:17 am

Sony v. Hotz: Sony Sends A Dangerous Message to Researchers — and Its Customers

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Sony v. Hotz: Sony Sends A Dangerous Message to Researchers — and Its Customers

For years, EFF has been warning that the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be used to chill speech, particularly security research, because legitimate researchers will be afraid to publish their results lest they be accused of circumventing a technological protection measure. We’ve also been concerned that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act could be abused to try to make alleged contract violations into crimes.

We’ve never been sorrier to be right.


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3 Comments

  1. So we are supposed to boycott a company that sells cutting-edge technology? I think not. Our own US Government is in the same thing with Wikileaks, what are you going to boycott the USG also?

  2. @Jim:
    “are you going to boycott the USG also?”
    Sure? 😛

    Seriously, though, I don’t consider myself to be boycotting Sony on principle – I just don’t trust them. Why would I buy something from a company that makes it clear that I don’t truly own my purchases? (read the legal documents that were published – apart from claims related to distribution of information, they make no secret that they consider a user tinkering with his own device to be “illegal tampering” with “their” property.)

  3. As the people of Make says:
    "If you can’t open it, you don’t own it"

    I won’t buy something that i can’t open 🙂

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