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Salon: A bug in the legal code?

Sep 13, 2000, 13:06 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Damien Cave)

"Nearly four weeks after Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled in favor of the movie industry, ordering a hacker Web site not to post or link to DeCSS, copies of the DVD-decrytping code abound."

"There are offshore DeCSS posters and anonymous types running DeCSS mirror sites with such catchy names as the do not sue me page. And even the castigated 2600 Hacker Quarterly has gotten around the no-linking decision by simply removing the HTML and carrying a text list of more than 200 URLs you can cut and paste into a browser to reach a site that does post DeCSS. The total delay bought with nine months of litigation: about two seconds...."

"David Touretzky finds this 'bizarre.' To call attention to the legal loopholes, the Carnegie Mellon computer science professor curates a gallery of alternative versions of the code. You can read an English language translation written by Touretzky, who testified at the DeCSS trial. You can listen to a song or dramatic reading of the program, just as you can view a picture of it. If you want a sugar-coated version, just open up the Yahoo greeting card that contains the program and a coupon for a free Slurpee. This is a guy that really means it when he defends his right to creative expression through code."

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