Publishing research results via digital access technology sdmi is "fundamental for the progress of research"
Lawyers for the electronic frontier foundation (eff), along with edward felten, filed a lawsuit today in new jersey against the recording industry association of america, the secure digital music initiative (sdmi), watermarking company verance, and the u.S. Department of justice. With this, the plaintiffs wanted to are felten the right to freely publish his research results on the sdmi techniques.
Edward felten is one of the researchers who participated in last fall’s "hack sdmi"-competition of the secure digital music initiative (sdmi). This contest was supposed to be used to test possible techniques for secure digital music distribution. However, according to felten, his team managed to crack all of the mechanisms presented, with the exception of one poorly documented technology. Sdmi officials vehemently denied this, but at the same time put prere on felten to prevent the publication of his research results.