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NY Times: DVD Lawsuit Questions Legality of Linking

Jan 07, 2000, 16:23 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carl S. Kaplan)

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"The DVD Copy Control Association is seeking a court order that would prevent the defendants from continuing to post the DeCSS program or link to it. Last week, Judge William Elfving denied, without comment, the group's request for an emergency temporary restraining order. A more complete hearing for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for Jan. 14...."

"According to legal papers, in late October 1999, a computer program called DeCSS, which is capable of decrypting the DVD disk for viewing on an unlicensed player, appeared on a Web site in Norway. The program and links to it soon spread quickly around the world, despite efforts by the DVD Copy Control Association to stamp it out...."

"Kessler said his client sued linkers, as well as those who posted DeCSS, because "all of the linkers . . . acknowledged the wrongful nature of this and encouraged people to use" the DeCSS software. The defendants were not "passive" or innocent linkers, he said."

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