How the Copyright Office Protected Sony's Rootkit
by ED FOSTER
The Gripe Line Weblog, publication date: 14 April 2006
"Although the DMCA and some grudging exceptions produced in the Copyright Office's 2000 and 2003 rulemaking do have some limited protections for security researchers, Felten and Halderman are asking the Copyright Office for a clear rule this time. 'Unfortunately, the DMCA's anti-circumvention provision chills the efforts of security researchers,' they wrote in filing for an exemption on the DMCA's provisions against circumvention of digital rights management schemes. 'Because of the narrow scope of the DMCA's research exemption, the security researchers who are best situated to discover and disclose serious threats to personal computers face uncertain liability for their activities ... They must consult not only with their own attorneys but with the general counsel of their academic institutions as well. Unavoidably, the legal uncertainty surrounding their research leads to delays and lost opportunities.'"