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Wired: DVD Case: Battle of the Basics

Jan 20, 2000, 19:16 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lynn Burke)

"It's been more than three months since a 15-year-old boy in Norway sat down at his computer, posted the code that breaks the encryption to DVDs to his Web site, and set off a chain of events he never could have predicted."

"Today the outcome of the war that has since erupted between hackers and the motion picture industry in the form of three major lawsuits is far from certain. But both sides agree that something pretty big is at stake; they're just not sure what."

"The defendants have hoisted the flag of freedom of speech, which these open source advocates and hackers say includes the right to perform reverse engineering. But the plaintiffs, representing the motion picture and DVD industry, say the fight is about intellectual property rights and the future economic viability of DVDs."

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