Diebold backs down

In a major policy reversal, Diebold stated Monday that it plans to retract the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices it has filed against ISPs that have posted copies of e-mail correspondance relating to its touch-screen voting machines.

In addition, the firm said it would not sue the people who posted the correspondance.

Presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) recently asked the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to investigate Diebold’s DMCA takedown notices; he has accused Diebold of abusing the DMCA by using the copyright argument to supress speech.

Links: cNet (1 Dec); Seattle PI (AP – 1 Dec); Rep. Dennis Kucinich; WiredPen (25 Nov); WiredPen (19 Nov)

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