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Wired: DVD Hackers Hit With Lawsuit

Dec 28, 1999, 21:03 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Oakes)

"The DVD industry sued 72 hackers and Web-site authors Tuesday for posting -- and even linking to -- software that unlocks the system for preventing illegal copying of digital video discs...."

"The suit said the protection scheme was unlocked by "'hacking' and/or improperly reverse-engineering software created by CSS licensee Xing Technology Corporation...."

"But in a massive show of open-source legal defense, Slashdot organizers are using a unique strategy: If they're coming after everyone who posts or links to the code, let's give them something to go after. To that end, the cracking code has been freely disseminated in Slashdot posts, along with encouragement that people copy and post it Internet-wide."

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