Source Code As Free Speech in Encryption Case

    Date13 Jan 2002
    CategoryCryptography
    3015
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that computer source code is protected by the First Amendment. The ruling could have significant implications on the United States' encryption policies. This article discusses the case and the lessons it teaches about encryption.. . . The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that computer source code is protected by the First Amendment. The ruling could have significant implications on the United States' encryption policies. This article discusses the case and the lessons it teaches about encryption.

    The author of this article, Shubha Ghosh, is a member of the GigaLaw.com Editorial Board and an associate professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta. He has written on a wide variety of legal topics, including cyberspace, intellectual property, employment and antitrust issues. He is licensed to practice law in the state of California.

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