For what little this may be worth, I feel Corion
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
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,
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