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Reuters: U.S. judge orders DVD hack off Internet sites

Jan 21, 2000, 18:13 (4 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Dave Whitinger for this link. ]

"A U.S. District Court hasordered three people to remove from their Web sites a software program that could allow copying of DVD movies."

"District Judge Lewis Kaplan in New York issued a temporary injunction late on Thursday forbidding the Web sites from carrying the DeCSS program that would allow users to bypass the encryption scheme used on DVDs (digital versatile discs) to prevent unauthorized copying."

"Major Hollywood movie studios that filed the lawsuit said the software, written by a teenage Norwegian programmer, would let people illegally duplicate their movies."

"A provision of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act forbids distribution of products designed to crack copyright protection schemes, the studios argued."

Complete story.