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EFF.org: DVD Update - REVEALED: DeCSS Led to Competing Linux DVD Player

Jul 24, 2000, 20:07 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Bryan Taylor for this link. ]

"EFF's defense team landed a surprising blow to the MPAA in Court on Friday when it revealed that the Livid Project has built an open source DVD player for Linux machines using DeCSS. Livid (short for Linux Video) Project leader Matt Pavlovich testified for the defense that his group had been working for months to create a way for Linux users to watch the DVDs they own on the machines that they own. Pavlovich testified that DeCSS was an important step in creating the Linux DVD player and offered to perform an in-court demonstration of his important new innovation. Although the studios' lawyers objected to the Livid player demonstration as "irrelevant," the MPAA conceded they would not contest the existence of the independently created DVD player."

"Pavlovich stated the Livid Project's DVD player was created by lawful reverse engineering under the open source development model... Through this litigation the studios were hoping to ban DeCSS before independent groups used the code to create consumer-friendly DVD players that could compete with DVD-CCA's monopoly on players."

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