Intellectual "Property" in the Digital Age
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- Edelman v. N2H2, Inc. - Case Summary & Documents
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-ACLU Seeks Ruling on Copyright Law
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New York Times; Amy Harmon; July 25, 2002.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit yesterday that seeks to overturn a key provision of a controversial 1998 copyright law that prohibits the creation or distribution of tools that unlock digital copy-protection schemes. The suit asks a federal judge in Boston to rule that the law, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is unconstitutionally broad because it prevents researchers from studying the effectiveness of Internet filtering software or studying the workings of software that is protected by digital locks. The A.C.L.U. is representing Ben Edelman, 22, who served as an expert witness in the organization's successful challenge of the Children's Internet Protection Act earlier this year. Mr. Edelman says filtering software, like the program distributed by N2H2 , blocks educational and health Web sites as well as the pornographic sites it is intended to block. He wants to crack the locks on software and publish the list of blocked sites. To do that, he needs to break through N2H2's copy-protection technology, an act that could be seen as a violation of current copyright law. The lawsuit argues that the law must be overturned because it would be within Mr. Edelman's constitutional rights to perform his research.

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-Edelman v. N2H2, Inc. - Requesting Declaratory Judgment
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GrepLaw; Ben Edelman; July 25, 2002. With lots of links.

I today filed suit in Massachusetts federal court seeking a declaratory judgement to allow me to conduct research into a controversial Internet blocking program from defendant N2H2, Inc.

Internet blocking programs (also known as "filtering programs" and "censorware") are computer programs designed to prevent access to certain Web sites. N2H2 develops, markets and licenses a blocking program that prevents computer users from accessing content that has been categorized by N2H2 as objectionable. Part of the program is a list of sites to block -- a "block list" - that contains hundreds of thousands of Web sites representing millions of pages of Web content.

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-Lawsuit aims to derail the DMCA
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ZDNet News; Declan McCullagh; July 25, 2002. With Talkbacks. The CNet version

The suit asks a federal judge to rule that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is so sweeping that it unconstitutionally interferes with researchers' ability to evaluate the effectiveness of Internet filtering software.

By suing on behalf of a 22-year-old programmer who's researching the oft-buggy products, the civil liberties group hopes to prompt the first ruling that would curtail the DMCA's wide reach.

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