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CNET News.com: DVD lawyers spill "secret" code

Jan 27, 2000, 03:49 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Hansen)

"A digital rights licensing group seeking to ban the controversial DVD decryption program known as DeCSS has shut down yet another potential distributor: a California state courthouse...."

"Court papers are generally considered public documents, available to anyone for the asking. Although parties in a case can file a request with the court to make sensitive documents off-limits, the Copy Control Association's attorneys apparently filed the request only after openly submitting the source code as a supporting document to the complaint...."

"Anyone could have copied out the trade secrets from the file before it was sealed," he said, although he added that he did not know whether anyone had done so. "That raises a serious question of whether that material is protectable."

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