US union defends hacker code

Friday, 26 July 2002, 12:26 PM EST

The Union is challenging the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the licence belonging to N2H2, a Seattle company that makes a program used to block websites for public libraries and state governments.

According to the Union, programmers and researchers should have free speech protection to explore weaknesses in programs and share their research with others.

The suit is being filed on behalf of programmer Benjamin Edelman, who is a researcher at Harvard University.

He wanted to research alleged flaws in N2H2's filtering software, but was denied a list of the sites that the software blocks.

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