EFF Files Lawsuit Challenging DMCA’s Restrictions on Security Researchers (Threat Post)


The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Government over a provision within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that it says impinges on free speech and hobbles security researchers ability to do their job.

The lawsuit asks the court to strike down the highly contentious Section 1201 of the DMCA that restricts the reverse engineering of systems which protects copyrighted material such as films, audio and computer code. Section 2101 has been at the center of heated debates in the past regarding access to copyrighted material lawfully-purchased and an owners’ fair use rights to use or remix that content.