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Silicon Valley Is Stonewalling Efforts to Amend the Law Imprisoning Hacktivists

July 17, 2014

The legal team at the Electronic Frontier Foundation also confirmed Oracle as the main corporation stalling Aaron’s Law, but noted it wasn’t the only tech giant actively trying to keep the CFAA in its current, dangerous form.

“It is true that we were told by Congressional staffers that opposition from Oracle, and a tepid response from some other tech companies, including Google, have currently stalled the bill,” wrote Cindy Cohn, the legal director at the EFF. (Google denies taking any stance on any CFAA reform.)

“Oracle believes that it is important that it be able to threaten criminal liability against people who violate its contracts,” she said. “We also heard that other tech companies wanted to be able to threaten their employees and contractors with jail time if they misuse company information.”

By contracts, Cohn here means what employees sign when they go work for a tech company, as well as all ToS customers agree to when they sign up for, or buy, one of Oracle’s products. For example, if you download Oracle’s Terms of Service agreement from the company website and rearranged the text to say “eat a bunch of dicks,” this is a chargeable offense under the CFAA.

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