October 10, 2003  ·  Lessig

This is good news (ok, not for Halderman but for the law). SunnComm says it is suing Alex Halderman (Ed Felten’s student) because he posted a paper pointing out the weaknesses in SunnComm’s copy-protection software. I’m sure there will be a world of legal support to help Halderman establish what should be an obvious point: tell the truth is not yet a crime, and (fortunately for most professors) writing even wrong papers is not either.

UPDATE: Oh well. Looks like SunnComm has come to its senses. No lawsuit after all.

  • http://home.uchicago.edu/~kldavis/weblog/ste.html Karl

    It looks like SunnComm has backed off. According to this article the head of the company actually ‘gets it’.

    -kd

  • http://sethf.com/infothought/blog/ Seth Finkelstein

    I agree there would be a world of legal support for him, which then likely made SunnComm retract its lawsuit plans.

    But what about those of us who aren’t nearly as much a loveable hero?

    I’ve been driven to quit my censorware research, in part since I’m not a professor or a student, so wouldn’t get that institutional support.
    (and I have severe doubts about other support …)