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Salon: DeCSS decoy

Feb 22, 2000, 18:35 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Damien Cave)

"A free-software fanatic unleashes a "useless" program to foil investigators looking for the DeCSS DVD decryption code...."

"The attempt here with the decoy is to put up thousands and thousands of mirror sites, to the point where the investigators throw up their hands in disgust," says Prodromou, who posted the software under his nom de plume, Mr. Bad...."

"With the decoy DeCSS, Prodromou figures he has hit on an effective way to protest, without sticking his neck out too far. The idea of distributing DeCSS appealed to him; a lot of hackers have asserted that if thousands of people were distributing the code, the studios and DVD makers wouldn't go after all of them. But Prodromou wasn't sure he wanted to break the law. "I'm a total chicken, and don't want to go to court," he wrote on the Pigdog site."

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