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Boston Globe: Web sites sued for DVD piracy

Jan 01, 2000, 16:27 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray)

"An effort by the movie industry to prevent illegal copying of digital video discs, or DVDs, could turn into a crucial battle over the fundamental rights of Internet users."

"At issue is the question of whether Web site operators can help distribute a piece of software that can defeat the security system built into millions of DVDs, thus enabling people to make illegal copies."

"One reason the studios like DVD is because the system includes special encryption technology that is supposed to make it impossible to copy a DVD. But in November, computer hackers in Norway unveiled a program called DeCSS that breaks the DVD encryption system."

"Now the DVD Copy Control Association Inc., a DVD industry group, is moving to prevent a wave of DVD piracy."

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