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For what little this may be worth, I feel Corion acted with good intentions and did what Corion felt was necessary. I also understand merlyn's motivation and, to an extent, agree with the stove analogy.

I think, however, this may set bad precedence and maybe there needs to be a new rule for the janitors about not messing with content. Not that I expect the janitor's would do this under anything less thean extreme duress, but merely for the legal pose it allows.

In this case, I think the reaction was a little over the top. My understanding is that the evil lawyers must first give a cease & desist order. These things usually have a time limit (ie, comply within 72 hours or we take you down ) and it would have given vroom plenty of time to react as he saw fit.

I would also argue, although this gets very close to court battles and vroom ending up in places he would rather not be, that the code so posted had no keys and was therefore useless in circumventing their encryption scheme. I would also argue the intent of the posting was not "Let's upset the MPAA/RIAA", but a discussion of the code itself and how it worked. Unfortunately, both of these points would likely require lawyers and judges.

My very limitted 0.02 USD worth,
mikfire


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