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CNET News.com: Hollywood dealt setback in DVD code case

Dec 15, 2000, 09:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Hansen)

"The motion picture industry's effort to ban computer code that subverts its DVD encryption scheme has suffered a setback in California, with the state's high court issuing an order that could see many of the defendants dropped from the closely watched case."

"The California Supreme Court on Thursday effectively ordered a lower court to show why defendant Matthew Pavlovich should remain in the case even though he is not a California resident."

"The order applies only to Pavlovich and does not ensure he will be removed from the suit, but it could signal that the end is near for many defendants in the year-old case: Of 21 defendants listed by name in court papers, 18 do not live in California, according to Pavlovich's attorney, Allon Levy."

"This is an important case for free speech on the Internet," he said. "The defendants are not alleged to have created the code but only to have found it and republished it. The standard of how you know it's been misappropriated is very vague."

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