Mulligan and Perzanowski on the Sony BMG Rootkit Fiasco

I have never seen an SSRN paper receiving 1700 recorded downloads in mere three days or so. This is exactly what happened to “The Magnificence of the Disaster: Reconstructing the Sony BMG Rootkit Incident” by Deirdre Mulligan and Aaron Perzanowski, forthcoming in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. It is by far the most meticulous analysis of the Rootkit debacle available. Among other things, the authors propose to amend the DMCA to lodge a statutory exception that would allow both circumvention and trafficking in TPMs to the extent undertaken to investigate or eliminate protection measures that create or exploit security flaws or vulnerabilities that compromise the security of personal computers.

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