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An opinion article by a well known (and widely regarded) tech author charging that the dangers of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) have been exaggerated by organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). "A careful look at the DMCA shows that, far from prohibiting all security research, the law does not regulate as many activities as people seem to believe." Despite the threats researchers have received from software companies, their description of encryption methods (and corresponding security flaws) are not illegal if they're sufficiently academic and presented in English. "The risk that a researcher could go to jail for giving a speech at an academic conference is essentially zero," says Orin Kerr, a law professor at George Washington University.

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