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Upside: Behind DVD Legal Scramble

Feb 01, 2000, 20:23 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric J. Sinrod, Jeffery W. Reyna, Barak D. Jolish)

"Leave it to a teen-age boy to trigger the legal scramble that may present the first real test of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act."

"In the eyes of some within the hacking and open-source communities, by creating DeCSS, Johansen has 'radically transformed a multibillion-dollar electronics and content industry.'

Owners and distributors of copyrighted content have been fearing this 'radical transformation' for some time. They fear the advent of an age where perfect (and pirated) copies of digitized movies, music, images and more, could be transmitted globally with ease."

"...you may be asking yourself: Why is it illegal to produce and distribute a program whose ostensible purpose is to allow Linux aficionados to play DVDs? For the answer, we need to take a quick trip through the nuts and bolts of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention provisions."

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