Diebold, Inc. Ordered to Pay Damages and Fees

Diebold Loses Copyright Case Against Indybay ISP

9/30/04: Electronic voting machine maker Diebold, Inc., today became the first company to be held liable for violating section 512(f) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which makes it unlawful to falsely threaten ISPs for copyright violation when the copyright holder knows that infringement hasn't occurred. U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel ruled [PDF] that Diebold had misused the DMCA and ordered the company to pay damages and fees to Indybay's internet service provider, OPG, as well as students at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania: "...Finally, Plaintiff's and IndyMedia's use was transformative: they used the email archive to support criticism that is in the public interest..." Full Story

In other news, Deborah Seiler, a former Diebold sales rep who sold thousands of illegal voting machines to California, recently became the elections manager for Solano County, Calif.

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