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StarForce claims criticism of its anti-copying software is "harassment, " contacts FBI

StarForce claims criticism of its anti-copying software is "harassment, " contacts FBI
StarForce claims criticism of its anti-copying software is "harassment, " contacts FBI



Cory Doctorow, a former EFF staff member, dared to criticize as 
"malware" an anti-copying technology used in many video games and 
created by a company called StarForce:
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/01/30/anticopying_malware_.html 

Now StarForce's PR Manager Dennis Zhidkov, who lives in Moscow, is 
making spurious legal threats. Zhidkov claimed, variously, that 
StarForce will "press charges," that the published criticism violates 
"11 international laws," and that he has contacted the FBI to protest 
"harassment." See:
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/01/31/starforce_threatens_.html 

Here's information about Mr. Zhidkov:
http://www.star-force.com/protection.phtml?c=83&id=692 

And a discussion of this silliness:
http://it.slashdot.org/it/06/01/31/1721241.shtml 

It would be silliness, at least, if there was zero chance that this will 
escalate. But sometimes companies have more money than sense, and 
there's at least a possibility that StarForce will follow through on its 
  threat and file a vexatious lawsuit designed to shut up its critics. 
So it's important to show our support for Cory.

-Declan
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