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Craig Steiner
11/24/05 00:02
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Denver
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#104094 - DMCA
Responding to: Bert Van Den Berg's previous message
Bert Van Den Berg said:
I thought I read about some laws that were passed in the USA to allow prosecution of PC hackers. If the definition of PC is not nailed down tightly then it might possibly apply to microcomputers.


I think you are thinking of the DMCA which makes "digital circumvention devices" illegal. I.e., if the movie companies put encryption on a DVD, it is illegal to circumvent that encryption. It was a blow to "fair use" and I'm not sure if it's constitutionality has been established yet. In any case, there are exceptions for reverse engineering for the purpose of achieving compatibility/interoperability, or something like that.

Not all reverse engineering is illegal; what is done with the resulting code is what determines whether the effort is illegal.

Also if payment isn't required until the code is sucessfully recovered from the micro perhaps having someone feed the code hackers some work and not paying for(or receiving)the result could be suitable punishment.


It might be effective, but I don't think two wrongs make a right.

Regards,
Craig Steiner


List of 29 messages in thread
TopicAuthorDate
code lock breakers      Erik Malund      11/21/05 06:39      
   I doubt      Jan Waclawek      11/21/05 07:00      
      I said so, and I mean it in the proper c      Erik Malund      11/21/05 07:32      
         this won't help      Jan Waclawek      11/21/05 09:53      
   Manufacturer      Ian Bell      11/21/05 07:57      
       would do that if breaking specific chip      Erik Malund      11/21/05 08:01      
      vulnerabilities      Jan Waclawek      11/21/05 09:48      
         I am sure they do know      Ian Bell      11/24/05 15:26      
            Out of spec      Jerson Fernandes      11/24/05 22:19      
            manufacturer      Jan Waclawek      11/25/05 00:39      
               Maybe...      Robert Revens      11/25/05 08:49      
                  Danger Will Robinson?      Ian Bell      11/27/05 08:36      
   There might be a way      Bert Van Den Berg      11/23/05 23:54      
      DMCA      Craig Steiner      11/24/05 00:02      
         Mean MCU hardware locks are broken ?      Anil Gupta      11/24/05 01:58      
            Look here      Robert Revens      11/24/05 02:05      
               But no body knows how it is done      Anil Gupta      11/24/05 02:36      
                  This link shows an example      Chris Kelly      11/24/05 05:59      
                  lockbreakers      Jan Waclawek      11/25/05 00:46      
         US Federal Anti-Hacking Laws      Bert Van Den Berg      11/24/05 07:35      
         USA Only      Ian Bell      11/27/05 08:38      
         Exactly      Steve M. Taylor      11/27/05 10:26      
            smart cards      Terry Lingle      11/27/05 12:46      
               DSS cracking      Steve M. Taylor      11/27/05 13:42      
                  TV decoder      Bert Van Den Berg      11/27/05 23:31      
                     Deported ?      Steve M. Taylor      11/28/05 09:24      
                        Nah, I like the Coast Guard      Bert Van Den Berg      11/28/05 10:49      
                           swings and roundabouts      Steve M. Taylor      11/28/05 11:58      
                  Black Friday ?      Terry Lingle      11/28/05 00:29      

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