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> If someone did this in the US, can they get in trouble?

No, not really.*

> What about people doing it for research

ยง 1201 has lots of exceptions including "Nonprofit library, archive and educational institution exception (section 1201(d))."

* Yes, technically the laws here in the US are broad enough that if you did something that the US DOJ or local LE became very concerned about, they could at the very least arrest, detain, and charge you with a crime if not convict you of it.

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