Sunday, February 05, 2006

Blog as Research

This news is a bit stale, but...

Dave Touretzky is a computer science professsor at Carnegie Mellon who maintains a "Gallery" of CSS descramblers, all of which are nominally illegal, under (I believe) the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Touretzky, however, claims the website as an academic publication, and bases a freedom of speech / freedom of expression defense on that, among other grounds. He explores legal issues relating to software patents, copyright, and the DMCA... interesting as another example of blog-as-scholarship (in this case, raising the stakes, the blog as actual, and controversial, academic research, which could not be performed in any other medium.)


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