The Null Device

Welcome to the Digital Millennium: A medical research company has used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to silence an animal-liberationist group's web site. Huntingdon Life Sciences, by no means the darlings of the animal-rights set, have claimed that Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty's site infringes its copyright, which gives the ISP (which provides free hosting to nonprofits) a choice of either pulling the site within 24 hours or face massive legal liability; and under the DMCA, the ISP has no discretion to judge whether the claim is valid or not. Nice; as someone else commented, when all you have is a club, everything looks like someone's skull.

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