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AP: Judge Denies Effort in DVD Case

Dec 30, 1999, 04:18 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ron Harris)

[ Thanks to Ian Kluft for this link. ]

"The DVD Copy Control Association is suing to prevent 72 Web site programmers from making the software available on the Internet. Without comment, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Elfving denied the group's request for a restraining order."

"... programmers who posted the program said they were simply providing software to play DVDs on computers with Linux operating systems."

"``People have a legal right to play the materials that they've already purchased in a different format,'' said Tara Lemmey, president of the Electronic Frontier Foundation..."

"Courts have repeatedly found that consumers can make personal copies of material they have purchased, such as copying a music compact disc onto a cassette tape. But judges have yet to weigh in on newer technologies, such as DVDs"..."

Complete story.