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Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Legislative Ping Pong

Kevin Marks was going in an interesting direction regarding 18 U.S.C. Section 1030 and digital rights management recently, and it's a direction I think would be undone -- where a peer-to-peer network was involved -- if the Berman/Coble bill to be introduced this week were enacted. [Via c | net and Politech] Frank Field doesn't think this particular bill will pass, so I wouldn't give up just yet on seeing a Section 1030 claim aimed at damage resulting from a peer-to-peer network hack. The Milberg Weiss class action concerning copy protected audio cds (complaint -- PDF) seems like the kind of suit that might try for the relief Kevin suggests, but it pleads no federal claims (presumably, to stave off removal to federal court).

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