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LinuxWorld: Judge silences Websites in Linux DVD 'hack' case, Free speech or piracy?

Jan 21, 2000, 21:11 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.S. Kelly)

"The plaintiffs in the case, the largest movie studios in America, charge that the proliferation over the Internet of the DeCSS utility is a violation of their copyright as granted by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). DeCSS allows users to unscramble the Content Scrambling System (CSS) -- the encryption that protects movies in DVD format."

"Robin Gross of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which is helping to organize defense efforts in this case and in another DeCSS-related case in California, said that this is the first time that the DMCA, which was signed into law by President Clinton in December 1998, has been challenged in court."

"But it probably won't be the last. Even before the New York ruling, Gross had told LinuxWorld that the EFF was expecting both DeCSS-related legal actions to be lengthy. "We are looking forward to a long and protracted battle," Gross said."

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