Update: Siliconvalley.internet.com: DVD De-scrambling Poster Avoids Liability in Calif.
Nov 27, 2002, 01:32 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gretchen Hyman)
[ Thanks to John
Zbesko for this link. ]
"The California Supreme Court ruled this week that a Texas
programmer accused of publishing DVD decryption software on the
Internet would not be forced to stand trial in California.
"Mathew Pavlovich, president of Media Drive, a Texas-based
technology consulting business is accused of re-publishing an open
source DVD de-scrambling software program called DeCSS on the
Internet in early 1999. The posting raised the ire of Hollywood
movie studios and those entities that rely on DVD encryption
technology to protect copyrighted data.
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a civil liberties
organization for the digital world, and lead attorney Allonn Levy
of San Jose, Calif.-based law firm Hopkins and Carley won a key
jurisdiction argument this week in defense of Pavlovich..."