April 14, 2003

Another piece concerning the DMCA 1201 circumvention hearings

Washington Internet Daily had an article on what happened at the Copyright Office circumvention hearing. It's not easily on-line, so I can't link to it. And it's a bit garbled in places. One reasonable part:

The questions of the 5 panelists suggested several areas the CO was examining: (1) Whether circumvention was the only way to obtain useful data on the blocking of nonpornographic sites by filtering software. (2) Whether the exemption was harming the filtering industry. Burt acknowledged that when the 2000 proceeding was conducted "we were not aware of this process." He also said he knew of no actual harm to a filtering company because he wasn't aware of any actual circumvention (that became a point of contention at the hearing because Finkelstein kept insisting he had circumvented N2H2's software, but Burt said he had no evidence of that).

Though this doesn't describe the fun part of the hearing where David Burt, N2H2 PR flack, got compared (not by me!) to the Iraqi Information Minister.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware , dmca | on April 14, 2003 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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