[Rumori] copywrong protection

Every Man every.man at pressthebutton.com
Fri Oct 10 20:24:27 PDT 2003


In an abrupt reversal, SunnComm Technologies said Friday that it would
not sue a Princeton University graduate student who had published a
paper that describes how to bypass CD copy protection technology simply
by pressing the Shift key.

SunnComm had angrily assailed Princeton doctoral student John "Alex"
Halderman just a day before, claiming that his academic paper was "at
best, duplicitous and, at worst, a felony." The company had pledged to
file a civil suit against Halderman under the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act (DMCA) and lobby federal prosecutors to indict him on
criminal charges.

Without specifying a reason, SunnComm president William Whitmore told
CNET News.com on Friday that the company had abandoned its promised
litigation. Whitmore said the company was preparing a statement to be
released later in the day.

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