Copyright law could hurt crypto research

    Date03 Nov 2003
    CategoryCryptography
    3800
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The new European Union Copyright Directive (EUCD), which comes into force today, could adversely hit research into areas such as stronger cryptography, threatening progress in more advanced security methods. The directive was drafted to protect all copyrights, including digital rights. It . . . The new European Union Copyright Directive (EUCD), which comes into force today, could adversely hit research into areas such as stronger cryptography, threatening progress in more advanced security methods. The directive was drafted to protect all copyrights, including digital rights. It will amend the Copyright Designs and Patents Act of 1988 and is the EU's attempt to update copyright protection.

    It sets out new rules to protect digital rights management by bringing in draconian measures to protect anti-copying technologies. Now it is illegal to break copyright mechanisms and offenders could face unlimited fines and jail even if carrying out this task for legitimate reasons such as research.

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