FUD chills: GitHub stands with security researchers on DMCA Section 1201

FUD chills: GitHub stands with security researchers on DMCA Section 1201

FUD chills: GitHub stands with security researchers on DMCA Section 1201. Current DMCA Section 1201 rules should be clearer, otherwise they will continue to chill security research and leave everyone less safe. GitHub stands for developers and against FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt).

FUD chills: GitHub stands with security researchers on DMCA Section 1201. Security research makes us all safer, but too often developers face ambiguous rules and possible criminal liability when they do quality assurance work to find security holes in their stack. Current DMCA Section 1201 rules should be clearer, otherwise they will continue to chill security research and leave everyone less safe. To this end, GitHub has  filed comments with the Copyright Office supporting a request by  Professor J. Alex Halderman and others for a broader safe harbor for good faith security research.

Our comments are part of the Eighth Triennial Section 1201 Proceeding for exemptions to the  Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s prohibition against circumventing technological protection measures (“circumvention”). That’s a mouthful, I know. If you’d like a refresher,  see our previous post about the process.

Our comments emphasize four points:

  1. GitHub stands for developers and against FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt). FUD chills security research, and we need more security research—not less.

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