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Re: [dvd-discuss] DeCSS - the saga continues

I can understand why, if I obtain trade secrets through improper means and
publish them, I might be in violation of the owner's rights. (And copyright
law now makes reverse engineering "improper means" for anti-circumvention

Suppose I reverse-engineer an anti-circumvention measure for the purpose of
creating a competing product. (Allowed by the law.) Suppose this
anti-circumvention measure is a trade secret. Can I be sued for "revealing"
the trade secret because it's embodied in my competing product? That's even
less subject to First Amendment protection!

Maybe this is an idle inquiry, but who knows.

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