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LinuxWorld.com.au: DeCSS Music Industry

Aug 27, 2000, 17:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gavin Sherry)

"The permanent injunction served to Eric Corley and 2600, his hacker magazine, as a result of the DeCSS trial significantly restricts what hackers are legally able to do. Programs or code that can be used to bypass copy protection cannot be distributed, nor can they be linked to on a Web site. Such a ruling is upsetting for the open source and Linux community. Not only does it deny the DVD technology to Linux users and open source enthusiasts, it sets a precedent for insistence on proprietary standards."

"Not everyone in the Linux and hacker community has had their creativity stifled by this ruling, however. Joe Wecker has offered us all a way to spend our time: instead of watching DVDs or pursuing information on the developments of DeCSS, write songs based on open source code. That's right, Joe has taken his hands from the keyboard to the fret board, literally singing the C code of DVDdescramble.c in plain English to guitar accompaniment. The song is up on his site in MP3 format. Alternatively, you can download it from the LinuxWorld.com.au site here."

"The song has a great folk/grunge feel to it -- could it be called Code/Folk? The fact that the song exists points out what the DeCSS trial seems to have left out: the interrelationship of digital media and human creativity; the ability of one idea to lead to another; the function of technology to endow, not to take away."

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