September 17, 2003

"Copyright and Free Expression" updated report from FEPP

There's a great new updated report released from Free Expression Policy Project:

Copyright and Free Expression

FEPP's just published, revised and updated summary of the major controversies - what you need to know about how copyright today threatens intellectual freedom.

I'm acknowledged as one of the people giving feedback on the first edition of this report. And mentioned in the DMCA censorware research section:

Yet few free-expression issues today are more sweeping in their implications than censorship caused by Internet filters as they block art, information, and ideas that their corporate manufacturers decide are inappropriate, or that their keyword-based programs mistakenly target. As another activist, Seth Finkelstein, put it, "independent investigation of the snake oil claims" of filtering companies has now become "fraught with legal peril."

I've written much since the time of that quote, e.g.:

Admittedly, most of the section is about the case Edelman v. N2H2. Recall, the irony is, I actually have circumvented the encryption of the N2H2/BESS blacklist, with research I can't publish due to lawsuit chilling effects, and I can't get a backer (and in practice, nobody will hear either). As FEPP notes:

But the underlying reason for dismissing the case may have been the judge's lack of sympathy with Edelman's claim.

Exactly. This is why the attacks on me have been so harmful, because they have the potential to affect how I'd be viewed by a judge. And I just can't ignore that (nor can potential backers).

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in copyblight , dmca | on September 17, 2003 12:02 AM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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