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NewsForge: EFF takes its DVD case to Linux users, looking to raise funds

Sep 15, 2000, 15:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan L. Walls)

"[EFF staff attorney Robin] Gross says the 2600 case was a legitimate Linux-based reverse engineering effort, precisely what the MPAA is trying to prevent to preserve the movie industry monopoly."

"The MPAA argues that while the DMCA does allow for reverse engineering, DeCSS doesn't not fall under the allowable terms, because there are several DVD players already on the market. The faq mentions that commercial Linux-based DVD players are in development from Sigma Designs and InterVideo Inc. InterVideo's site (http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/LinDVD.jsp) says the company demonstrated a fully functional version of its LinDVD player at Linux World in Taipei Sept. 7 to 9."

"Some members of the audience asked Gross about material that has appeared in legal briefings related to the two cases and widely reported as equating the Open Source movement with piracy. Gross replied there wasn't much the EFF or the Open Source community could do in court, except present their own case."

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