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ComputerWorld: Civil-rights group blasts DVD suit

Jan 18, 2000, 18:52 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ann Harrison)

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"Legal actions filed by eight motion-picture companies seeking injunctions against Web site operators for posting a controversial software program have drawn fire from an online civil rights group that contends the move is unconstitutional."

"The complaints were filed Jan. 14 in an effort to block the Internet distribution of a software utility called DeCSS, which breaks the encoding system used in millions of digital video discs (DVD). DeCSS was originally created by Norwegian programmers who reverse-engineered the DVD Content Scrambling System (CSS) to give computers running the Linux operating system DVD playback capability...."

"The EFF is sponsoring the legal defense of Andrew Bunner, the sole defendant to come forward in the DVD-CCA case. According to Lemmey, the EFF legal defense team will argue this week that DVD-CCA's request for a preliminary injunction would essentially stop a public discussion about DVDs work, constituting a prior restraint of an important public discussion, which is forbidden by the First Amendment. The preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled to take place today at Santa Clara County Superior Court in Santa Clara, Calif."

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