Re: Question for any old pirates/programmers

In article <474223ce$0$14104$742ec2ed@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Andy McFadden <fadden@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Matthew T. Russotto <russotto@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Cracking and the promulgation of cracking _tools_ is illegal.
Discussion of the techniques is not yet illegal. How you can
distinguish a technique from a tool in the world of software is an
open question.

Ay, there's the rub.

"No person shall manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide, or
otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, device, component,
or part thereof, that [does the stuff we used to do]."

People were getting sued for discussing techniques (Sklyarov),

To be fair, Sklyarov was arrested for writing the code, though he was arrested
_when_ (or just after) he was discussing it. And he was not tried,
and his employer was found not guilty.
There's no such thing as a free lunch, but certain accounting practices can
result in a fully-depreciated one.