May 19, 2004 | By Donna Wentworth

The DMCA on (Mock) Trial @ Caltech

This just in: the California Institute of Technology and Loyola Law School are presenting a mock trial this Friday, May 21st, to play out a scenario in which a student creates a distributed computing application to crack DRM systems, leading to the criminal prosecution of everyone involved under the DMCA.

The trial will have many realistic touches: a real federal judge will hear the case, the prosecution will be advised by real federal prosecutors, and the defense by our own Fred von Lohmann. Brad Hunt of the MPAA will provide expert testimony (PDF) for the prosecution, while Seth Schoen will provide testimony (PDF) for the defense.

Even cooler: the event is free and open to the public. If you're in the area and can get away from work or study mid-day, stop by and check it out.

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