Wired News 02:00 AM Dec. 02, 2003 PT
Diebold Backs Off Legal Challenge
By Kim Zetter
Diebold Election Systems
is withdrawing legal threats against voting activists and Internet service providers for publishing copies of internal staff
e-mails that the company says were stolen from its servers.
The documents pointed to security flaws with Diebold's
computerized voting machines and suggested the company knew about those flaws long before it sold machines to several states,
including California, Maryland and Georgia.
Beginning in August, Diebold issued cease-and-desist letters to more than
a dozen individuals who posted the documents or links to sites hosting them on the Internet. The company claimed copyright
infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, a law designed to guard against the improper use of creative
works. Diebold said the documents revealed proprietary information about the workings of its e-voting system that would benefit
The nonprofit ISP Online Policy Group and two Swarthmore College students sought a court order in
October to block Diebold's action. On Monday, Diebold reversed itself without explaining its decision, saying only that it
would not sue over the copyright claims. ...
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