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Dec 31, 1999, 02:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doc Searls)

"Gonzo hacker Don Marti is at it again. Last time it was Burn All Gifs Day. This time it's The Great International DVD Source Code Distribution Contest."

"To put this in context, - the DVD CAA (the less familiar acronym stands for Copy Control Association) - recently sought a restraining order against seventy-two hackers and Web site authors for allegedly disseminating confidential information about the content scrambling system that has - up until the point that some hackers cleverly reverse engineered it - prevented copying of DVD content. Slashdot, of course, was among those named in the suit, since it serves as the hottest hub for conversation around the subject."

"Yesterday, thanks in large part from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the defendants won. Santa Clara County Judge William J. Elfring rejected the restraining order."

"But sometimes victory is not enough. Sometimes you need something a little more gonzo than a simple judicial decision. Especially when the fight is far from over. Remember that the CCA's middle name is control. They still want it. They still have money. They still don't know what they're dealing with here."

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