[TriLUG] thanks, Red Hat!
Fri, 18 Oct 2002 12:32:48 -0400 (EDT)
Sad to hear that Google is falling prey to this. I wonder if one response
is to manufacture complaints against sites to tie up the process of
distinguishing them? I'm not advocating this, just wondering.
Andrew J Perrin - http://www.unc.edu/~aperrin
Assistant Professor of Sociology, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
firstname.lastname@example.org * andrew_perrin (at) unc.edu
On Fri, 18 Oct 2002, al johson wrote:
> And the really bad news about DMCA is that Wired Magazine reports that
> Google has started removing many sites from it's database which just have
> complaints against them. In response to the question: "It sounds as if you
> assume that all allegations of infringement are valid.", Larry Page
> responded: "No, not at all. But when we're notified of something, we have an
> obligation to do the right thing. We need to be responsive to people's
> rights." (This next question was even more interesting!!): "Could the DMCA
> be abused by powerful interests hoping to silence critics or competitors?"
> Page answered: "That has happened, but not much. ..."
> Wired, Nov. 2002, p.138.
> Basically, according to Page, the reason Google has taken the position they
> have, is that the DMCA protects them from liability. I'm too tired at the
> moment to type more, but you should definitely read this article to see what
> effect the DMCA is having on your web searches.
> ---Al Johnson
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Scott Chilcote" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2002 9:40 AM
> Subject: Re: [TriLUG] thanks, Red Hat!
> > Greg Brown wrote:
> > > Way to fight the DMCA, Red Hat!
> > >
> > > http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2002-158.html
> > >
> > > If you haven't read Slashdot this morning this is the Red Hat article
> > > causing such a stir with the DMCA. Look at the bottom of the page under
> > > References.
> > >
> > > Greg
> > I was rather impressed by it. According to the associated Register
> > article (see the SlashDot story) the DMCA renders any details on the
> > content of a security patch actionable by the government, since it
> > spells out to hackers where the vulnerabilities are.
> > The amount of such description being posted every day is huge. Despite
> > this travesty, I think this is a small fraction of the offront to
> > freedom and good sense embodied by the DMCA.
> > I hope similar efforts will continue, despite the lack of a sense of
> > humor and the inflexibility our government has shown in recent months.
> > Scott C.
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