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Wired: DeCSS Gag Injunction Appealed

May 15, 2000, 22:50 (0 Talkback[s])

"Hoping to overturn a preliminary injunction order barring publication of DeCSS software on dozens of websites, the Electronic Frontier Foundation appealed the order to the California Sixth Appellate Court Monday."

"DeCSS is a controversial program that breaks through the DVD's encrypted code, and is at the center of a long-standing battle between the motion picture industry and a group of hackers who say they're not doing anything wrong...."

"The trial court simply ignored the defendant's First Amendment right to publish DeCSS on his website," David Greene, EFF executive director, said in a statement. "The court's injunction is a prior restraint on free expression, one of the most severe civil penalties in our legal system. Even a momentary deprivation of the right to speak or publish causes serious and irreparable harm, far more grave than any monetary loss."

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