Feeds

Mattel buys copyrights to Cyber Patrol crack

Slick PR move in Boston courtroom

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Minutes before a copyright complaint hearing against two hackers who published a crack to Mattel's Cyber Patrol Web filtering application was to begin, the company filed documents indicating it was ready to abandon its suit over a utility program called cphack, which enables Cyber Patrol users to view the program's encrypted list of banned URLs. Mattel reported that in a settlement agreement, reached on 24 March with the two crypto buffs who developed cphack, it had acquired the copyright. The agreements were signed by cphack authors Eddy Jansson of Sweden and Matthew Skala of Canada, who held out for one dollar in exchange for relinquishing his rights. The agreement gives Mattel all rights to the utility's source code, binaries and associated explanatory notes. In spite of the feel-good solution with the authors, Mattel renewed its request for District Judge Edward Harrington to grant a permanent order citing mirror sites with contempt charges. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney Chris Hansen asked that mirror sites be exempt from court orders, noting that Mattel can sue anyone who violates their copyright on cphack. Harrington has agreed to rule by Wednesday, and continued his previous restraining order for the interim. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.