"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
"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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