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EE Times: DVD body sues to halt decryption code's spread

Jan 04, 2000, 16:40 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Craig Matsumoto)

"The licensing agency responsible for DVD security has gone to court to stem the spread of hacked code that can thwart DVD encryption."

"At stake, the plaintiffs assert, is the future of the DVD format itself. But supporters of the DVD hack disagree. They point out that the DVD encryption was cracked not for piracy but as part of a project to develop a Linux-based DVD player, something the DVD industry itself has yet to tackle. Meanwhile, some are calling for increased proliferation of the DVD hack as a way to protest the lawsuit...."

"Java programmer Andrew McLaughlin, a defendant, insists DeCSS aims to bring DVD to Linux and poses no new threat of piracy for DVD titles. "It was the opportunity to distribute software that would help people watch DVDs on Linux. That it would become a legal problem didn't come up until later," he said. "While VHSes have been around to copy for years, it's a thriving business," he added. "It's asinine to think DVDs will have any problems."

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