April 06, 2003

Judges and character / motives of defendants

I've been thinking much about this old quote today.

[Judge Kaplan, in the DeCSS case:]

Defendants, on the other hand, are adherents of a movement that believes that information should be available without charge to anyone clever enough to break into the computer systems or data storage media in which it is located.

[Mike Godwin, Thu, 17 Aug 2000, commenting: ]

This passage is actually quite instructive -- it tells us that Kaplan decided the case on his perception of the character and motives of the defendants.

[I agree utterly and completely with Mike's sentiments, even if there is a certain irony]

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in activism , quotes | on April 06, 2003 06:01 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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