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ZDNet: Hollywood's war on open source

Feb 28, 2000, 16:50 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa M. Bowman)

"It's the Davids vs. Goliath. By attacking reverse engineering, Hollywood's barrage of lawsuits over DVD code strikes at the heart of the open-source revolution...."

"Historically, Hollywood has fought against any new technology, from radio to television to VHS, it feared would dent its core business -- the movies, worth $6.9 billion in U.S. box office alone in 1998."

"The last time the industry went into the trenches was back in 1984, when it lost a Supreme Court battle to ban the home video player format. Sixteen years later, the story could have a much different ending. This time the industry is armed with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a law passed in 1998 that gives copyright owners unprecedented control over products such as DVDs or CDs. Under the act, the entertainment industry's content control continues even after its products have been sold and extends over previously legal actions like reverse engineering. In fact, under the DMCA the VCRs in 84 percent of U.S. households could, theoretically, be deemed illegal because they can be used to tape copyrighted TV shows and movies."

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