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CNET Court blocks online publishing of DVD decryption tool

Jan 25, 2000, 05:38 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Courtney Macavinta)

"A California court has temporarily barred numerous individuals and Web sites from posting online a program that disables the security on DVD movies."

"The lawsuit was filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court in California by the DVD Copy Control Association, which includes the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Business Software Alliance and the Electronic Industries Alliance. The association licenses out the DVD Content Scrambling System--a technology used by all major U.S. movie studios to prevent the piracy of DVD versions of hundreds of copyrighted works...."

"But the defendants in the suit, who are being represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, say the DeCSS program is intended to make DVD movies compatible with the Linux operating system, not to create pirated copies of movies."

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