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osOpinion: MPAA: The Modern-Day Edison

Jan 31, 2000, 06:10 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by TJ Miller Jr)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"As I sit and sift through all the various pros and cons concerning this whole DVD spectacle, one thing from the MPAA lawyers caught my attention - they insist that their case has nothing to do with Linux. Then, I looked at the MPAA's own history, and discovered something even more bemusing..."

"They are, all at once, right and wrong. Yes, they are right in that their supposed main target is DeCSS itself, which was written for Windows. However, they are dead wrong in their assertion that their case "has nothing to do with Linux." It has everything to do with Linux, and more specifically, the future of Open Source Itself. First, let us look at the scope of this case, and who stands to gain or lose depending on the outcome...the answers to that are rather revealing in and of itself...."

"This leads to the preliminary conclusion that the MPAA's lawsuit is a farce, simply because of who is pushing the lawsuit - the plaintiffs don't stand to lose any money at all. The MPAA has one sole purpose: Make and sell movies at a profit. Even Windows-based DeCSS won't hinder that, since pirating a DVD would be impossible to do, as we've already proven above. The ones who have any legal grounds to sue at all are folks like Xing (whose software was reverse-engineered in the first place), since they are the only ones who stand to lose money in Windows-based DeCSS."

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