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CNET News.com: DOJ stands with film industry in DVD cracking case

Feb 23, 2001, 07:35 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa M. Bowman)

"Uncle Sam is siding with the movie industry in a case that prevents a magazine from posting and linking to software that makes it possible to decrypt DVD security."

"In a filing submitted to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, the Justice Department lashed out at hackers and praised a lower court ruling that bans hacker magazine 2600 from publishing a code known as DeCSS."

"Despite defendants' efforts to pitch this case as a classic story of the gadfly press and to cast themselves in the role of the protagonist reporter who seeks only to convey truthful information to the pubic, this lawsuit is really about computer hackers and the tools of digital piracy," U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White wrote in the brief."

"The federal government filed as an intervenor, meaning it wants to take a greater role in the case."

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