Mattel’s ongoing efforts to keep the public from learning which sites they block with their censorware package CyberPatrol are making them look like the eToys of the year 2000. Their latest attempt to squelch the distribution of the cphack software that reveals the list of blocked sites involved acquiring the intellectual property rights to the software. Unfortunately, it looks like Mattel’s lawyers failed to read the GPL, which prevents the copyright holder from restricting distribution of software released under that license. Sorry, suckers. The question that springs to mind when I think about censorware is, “Why is it important to keep the list of blocked sites secret?” If I were a parent, I’d want to know which sites this software blocks.