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Wired: Geeks Get Their Day in Court

Dec 30, 1999, 04:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Oakes)

"Around 30 engineers, consultants, Linux enthusiasts, open-source believers -- and at least one self-described troublemaker -- turned out to express solidarity with the hackers who are being sued by the DVD industry for distributing allegedly proprietary source code over the Web."

"Supporters gathered outside the Santa Clara County Courthouse in downtown San Jose early Wednesday, then filed into the gallery in Superior Court Judge William J. Elfving's courtroom. They came with less than 24 hours notice, saying they were there in the name of preserving the free distribution of what they maintain is perfectly legal information.

"These guys want to play movies," said Bruce Perens, a noted open-source proponent and engineer who helped organize the turnout. "They want to watch them like everyone else. They're not out to bootleg."

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