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Re: Anti-DMCA clause (was Re: GPL v3 Draft

On Fri, Jan 20, 2006 at 09:49:09AM -0800, Walter Landry wrote:
> I think that "effective" does not mean "perfect".  Having a police
> force is an effective way of combatting crime, but it is far from
> perfect.

A security mechanism which has been defeated by a piece of software
is not "imperfect".  If I post my root password to this list, it is
not an "imperfect but still effective" security mechanism; it is
useless and defeated.

(It seems to me that the real goal of this law is so that once a
security mechanism is defeated, and is no longer effective, the
real "security mechanism" becomes the law itself: by pretending
that the obsolete mechanism is still "effective", the deterrent
becomes the threat of prosecution, instead of actual security.)

Glenn Maynard

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