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DMCA Community Declaration

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
DMCA Community Declaration                              press@debian.org
July 25, 2002

As many of you know, a programmer has been arrested for developing a
utility to circumvent copy protection schemes in some of Adobe's
products. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) makes the practice
of developing (not using, but _developing_!) such utilities illegal.

There is a community declaration regarding the DMCA online which has
already been signed by the Debian Project Leader and SPI president as 
well as many other community leaders and members.  This declaration 
states the basic problems with the DMCA, and addresses why such a law
should not exist.

We urge you to go to the web site of the declaration and, if you agree
with the statements regarding the DMCA, to sign it.  The web site is:


For more information regarding the history of this issue, please visit
the following two sites:


Nils Lohner                             E-Mail: lohner@debian.org
Debian Press Team                       Press:  press@debian.org

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