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Re: [dvd-discuss] EFF: Security Researchers Drop Scientific Censo rship Case

Eric Seppanen writes:

: On Wed, Feb 06, 2002 at 02:30:32PM -0500, Peter D. Junger wrote:
: > : > >San Francisco - Citing assurances from the government, the
: > : They _believed_ them !??!? 
: >  
: > It's not so much a matter of believing them as estopping them.
: Can someone clarify exactly how estoppel works in this case?  Do RIAA's
: informal assurances provide a solid legal defense for the next academic
: who wants to publish RIAA's dirty secrets?

No. There's no solid legal defense.  But do you think that the DOJ
will want to have to explain to a judge why they are prosecuting
someone for doing something that they told Felten that they would
not prosecute him for?  And how do you think that a right-minded
judge is going to react to that explanation?

Peter D. Junger--Case Western Reserve University Law School--Cleveland, OH
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