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digitalMASS: Hackers a no-show at protest over DVD decryption

Feb 09, 2000, 01:25 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray)

[ Thanks to Mike Hicks for this link. ]

"The angry hackers never showed up -- not at their appointed meeting place at the Prudential Center food court, nor out in front of the Cheri Theater in downtown Boston, where I'd hoped to see them handing out their protest leaflets...."

"The Motion Picture Association of America and a DVD industry trade group ran screaming to court, and Norwegian cops hauled young Mr. Johansen down to the precinct house for a scary interrogation. The movie moguls demanded not only that dozens of individuals remove DeCSS from their Web sites, but also that they remove Web links to other pages where the software might be found."

"This last demand should have all of us passing out leaflets on street corners. The freedom to share information, regardless of its source, is at the heart of the Internet. A court order forcing a Web site to stop linking to a questionable source of information would be like ordering a library to stop offering a controversial book."

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