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The Register: DeCSS injunction challenged

Apr 05, 2000, 18:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas C. Greene)

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) submitted an appeal this week to reconsider a preliminary injunction granted against more than seventy Webmasters accused of trade secrets infringement for circulating a utility programme called DeCSS which cracks the security coding of DVDs and enables users to watch them on unauthorised viewers."

"The free-speech advocacy group argues that the act of posting the utility is constitutionally protected expression, not trade secret infringement."

"A key claim is that reverse engineering and decryption are permitted under the fair use exceptions to US copyright and trade secrets laws...."

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