"Prof. David S. Touretzky, a computer scientist at
Carnegie-Mellon University, says he has never watched a movie on
DVD, much less copied one illegally. So why is the movie industry
calling him a pirate?"
"The answer can be found on a university site which houses an
unusual Web project launched by Professor Touretzky - a project
which has turned him into something of a celebrity in Internet
legal circles. His site is a gallery devoted to representations of
a piece of software that has been deemed illegal because it can be
used to break through the copy-protection system on DVD
"Last month, Professor Touretzky received an e-mail message from
the anti-piracy division of the Motion Picture Association of
America, the trade group representing major studios, referring to
"unauthorized distribution of copyrighted motion pictures" on the
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