The First Amendment v. The Digital Millenium Copyright Act
On January 20, 2000, United States District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan … issued a preliminary injunction … prohibiting the defendants from distributing computer code for reading encrypted DVDs. If code that can be directly compiled and executed may be suppressed under the DMCA, as Judge Kaplan asserts … but a textual description of the same algorithm may not be suppressed, then where exactly should the line be drawn? This web site was created to explore this issue, and point out the absurdity of Judge Kaplan’s position that source code can be legally differentiated from other forms of written expression.
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