ComputerWorld: Judge bars posting of DVD decoding software
Jan 21, 2000, 20:39 (2 Talkback[s])
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"A federal judge yesterday granted a request by eight motion
picture studios for a preliminary injunction against operators of
Web sites that post a software program that breaks the encoding
system used by millions of digital video discs (DVD)."
"The ruling, by U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the
Southern District of New York, forces three New York defendants --
Shawn C. Reimerdes, Eric Corley (also known as Emmanuel Goldstein)
and Roman Kazan -- to immediately remove the DeCSS software utility
from their Web sites or face contempt of court charges. A similar
complaint was also filed against Jeraimee Hughes in the District of
Connecticut that has yet to be decided...."
"We are disappointed in the judge's ruling. We fought the
DMCA because we were afraid that it was going to gut fair use and
it appears that in the judge's ruling, his interpretation of the
law does gut fair use," said Shari Steele, director of legal
services for the EFF."