Reuters: U.S. judge orders DVD hack off Internet sites

[ Thanks to Dave
for this link. ]

“A U.S. District Court hasordered three people to remove
from their Web sites a software program that could allow copying of
DVD movies.”

“District Judge Lewis Kaplan in New York issued a temporary
injunction late on Thursday forbidding the Web sites from carrying
the DeCSS program that would allow users to bypass the encryption
scheme used on DVDs (digital versatile discs) to prevent
unauthorized copying.”

“Major Hollywood movie studios that filed the lawsuit said the
software, written by a teenage Norwegian programmer, would let
people illegally duplicate their movies.”

“A provision of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act
forbids distribution of products designed to crack copyright
protection schemes, the studios argued.”