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ComputerWorld: Judge bars posting of DVD decoding software

Jan 21, 2000, 20:39 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ann Harrison)

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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."

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