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Re: is this true or... ?
In message <20030329003124.AAA24442@shell.webmaster.com@whenever>, David Schwar tz writes: > >On Fri, 28 Mar 2003 12:06:56 -0500, blitz wrote: > >>If it is, it reveals how utterly clueless our legislators really >>are.... > > The text I saw talks about a device's "primary purpose". I'm not sure what text you saw. The Texas bill (I posted the URL earlier today) does not speak of "primary purpose". The section Felten warned about (Section 6) criminalizes the following things: manufacture, sale, etc., of a "communications device" with an intent to *either* defraud, *or* conceal origin, destination, etc.; manufacture, sale, etc., of an "unauthorized access divce"; or manufacture, sale, etc., of plans or instructions for such devices with the knowledge that the intent of the end user is illegal. The word "primary" does not occur in the text of the bill, according to both my reading and Acrobat's "find" fucntion. --Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb (me) http://www.wilyhacker.com (2nd edition of "Firewalls" book)