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ZDNet UK: Linux expert blasts movie industry over DVD

Feb 04, 2000, 07:34 (12 Talkback[s])
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"Internationally renowned Linux expert and kernel hacker Alan Cox, has endorsed Linus Torvalds' damning assessment of the current legal wranglings over the distribution of source code for playing DVD on the Linux platform.

"Cox says Hollywood is trying to "terrorise" people in its pursuit of 'pirates' and suggests it look at the disastrous campaign headed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1998 when it tried to outlaw MP3. The RIAA was widely regarded as a defensive and archaic ogre following its embarrassing legal defeat at the hands of Diamond Multimedia -- now S3 -- following the launch of its Rio MP3 player."

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