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Music Industry Strikes Sour Note for Academics

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Science  04 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5518, pp. 826-827
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5518.826

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Flush from a courtroom victory over the music-trading network Napster, the music industry is targeting another band of rabblerousers: scientists studying ways to crack digital security technologies. It's following in the footsteps of the motion picture industry, which has sued a magazine for publishing information that could defeat its technology to protect digital videos. At the heart of both cases is the question of freedom of expression under the 2-year-old Digital Millennium Copyright Act.