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Anticircumvention Rules: Threat to Science

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Science  14 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5537, pp. 2028-2031
DOI: 10.1126/science.1063764

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Abstract

Scientists who study encryption or computer security or otherwise reverse engineer technical measures, who make tools enabling them to do this work, and who report the results of their research face new risks of legal liability because of recently adopted rules prohibiting the circumvention of technical measures and manufacture or distribution of circumvention tools. Because all data in digital form can be technically protected, the impact of these rules goes far beyond encryption and computer security research. The scientific community must recognize the harms these rules pose and provide guidance about how to improve the anticircumvention rules.

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