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ComputerWorld: Free speech, intellectual property rights collide in court

Jan 20, 2000, 23:21 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Free speech and intellectual-property rights collided in hearings held this week to decide whether Web-site operators would be barred from posting or linking to a software utility that it's said can be used to make unauthorized copies of digital video discs (DVD)."

"In a New York case, eight motion picture companies sought injunctions against Web sites to block the Internet distribution of a program called DeCSS, which breaks the encoding system used in millions of DVDs. Announcing the court action, Jack Valenti, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, said the MPAA "is striking a blow today in defense of the future of American movies."

"Valenti insisted that the distribution of DeCSS was a case of theft no different from distributing unauthorized keys to a department store. "We are determined to defend the technology that protects artists' and intellectual property holders' rights," vowed Valenti."

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