July 22, 2003
Today I read David McGowan’s “From Social Friction to Social Meaning: What Expressive Uses of Code Tell Us About Free Speech” which goes through Corley, Elcomsoft, Bernstein, and other interesting code cases. It’s a great article, discussing how courts classify code on the basis of its function, expressive content, and context. His recommendations seem quite reasonable. Here are my notes, but it’s worth reading for yourself.