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From: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 08:07:07 -0400

From: ecdesign () bellsouth net
Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 23:30:12 -0500
To: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Subject: Embrace, extend, censor


Embrace, extend, censor

                    Microsoft asks Slashdot to remove posts revealing
                    copyrighted information.

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                    By Andrew Leonard

                    May 11, 2000 |  Yet another skirmish has broken
                    out in the ongoing war between free-software
                    hackers and proprietary-minded corporations -- and
                    this one promises to be a doozy. On Wednesday,
                    lawyers representing Microsoft requested the
                    removal of a series of posts on the bulletin boards at
                    Slashdot, the popular "news for nerds" Web site.

                    Citing the provisions of the Digital Millennium
                    Copyright Act, Microsoft asserted that the Slashdot
                    posts, which reveal information about Microsoft's
                    proprietary version of a popular security technology
                    called Kerberos, include "unauthorized
                    reproductions of Microsoft's copyrighted work" --
                    as well as information on how to get around access
                    restrictions protecting Microsoft's "data
                    In contrast to other
                    disputes involving copyrighted information -- such
                    as the Napster controversy -- this particular tangle
                    cannot easily be painted as one in which hackers are
                    ripping off corporations or depriving artists of
                    revenue. Instead, Microsoft is attempting to co-opt a
                    popular public technology and, after having been
                    confronted about that, is attempting to control the
                    transmission of information revealing its actions.

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