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EE Times: Judge refuses to block spread of hacked DVD code

Jan 01, 2000, 22:18 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Craig Matsumoto)

"The DVD Copy Control Association Inc. (Morgan Hill, Calif.) brought suit on Monday (Dec. 27) against dozens of websites to remove from the Internet the code for DeCSS, a small software program that can copy the encrypted video portion of a DVD disk...."

"Such a ruling would tell web site operators "'I'm going to go to your private website, I the state will tell you you can't put this on your website. I don't know if it's improper. I don't know if it's a trade secret, but you have to take it off your website,' " Levy said. "This will have a tremendous chilling effect on speech everywhere."

"The case has become an overnight sensation in the Linux community, and supporters of the defendants gathered at the courthouse, handling out printed copies of the code and disks containing the code itself. Lawyers entered the handouts as evidence."

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