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CNET Judge rejects group's request to block DVD program

Dec 30, 1999, 21:41 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The movie industry faces a tough legal battle in its attempts to stop the distribution of software that can thwart encryption on DVDs, legal experts say."

"A Santa Clara County, Calif., judge yesterday rejected the industry's request for a temporary restraining order against the 72 named and anonymous individuals who stand accused of trade secrets violations for helping distribute a program known as DeCSS on the Web. The judge's rejection came a day after the complaint was filed."

"Another hearing on the matter is scheduled for Jan. 14, but legal experts say the movie industry, represented as plaintiffs by a group called the DVD Copy Control Association, may have a hard time proving the Web owners have done anything unlawful."

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