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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: Judge invites Mattel to shut down mirror sites

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Date sent:      	Tue, 28 Mar 2000 17:19:06 -0500
To:             	politech@vorlon.mit.edu
From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject:        	FC: Judge invites Mattel to shut down mirror sites
Send reply to:  	declan@well.com

Judge Harrington's order is at:



    Mattel Can Go After Mirrors
    by Declan McCullagh (declan@wired.com)
    12:55 p.m. Mar. 28, 2000 PST

    A federal judge in Boston has invited Mattel to start contempt of
    court proceedings to shut down mirror sites in a suit over its
    Cyberpatrol filtering software.

    U.S. District Judge Edward Harrington's order released Tuesday
    afternoon says anyone who is acting in "concert" with the authors
    of a program that reveals Cyberpatrol's secret blacklist must take
    down their Web sites or face the consequences.

    During a hearing on Monday, a Mattel attorney said that would
    apply to anyone who mirrors the "cphack" utility. "They should be
    afraid of being hauled into court on contempt proceedings," Irwin
    Schwartz said.

    In his three-page order, Harrington wrote that it was a good thing
    that parents could block the Web sites of "the purveyors of
    pornography and the merchants of death and violence." In addition
    to descrambling Cyberpatrol's blacklist, cphack reveals the
    password that parents have set -- and users can then bypass the
    ban on verboten Web sites and newsgroups.


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