Linux Journal: Return of the HackerFeb 05, 2000, 01:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Kroll)
[ Thanks to Edward Marsden for this link. ]
"Hacker and civil libertarian protest against the MPAA scheduled for today, Friday, February 4, 2000."
"At movie theaters all over the world, hackers, civil libertarians, Linux enthusiasts and their friends will be passing out this flyer to movie-goers and passers-by in protest of the recent actions taken against the Linux community, DeCSS author Jon Lech Johansen, DVD users, and technological freedom in general.
"The DVD-CCA (DVD Copy Control Association) developed a weak encryption scheme which it intended to use in order to have complete control over the DVD player market. Manufacturers of DVD players would have to pay heavy licensing fees, and would have to submit their players to being able to play only certain DVDs (according to regional encoding). The industry enjoys releasing movies in the U.S. at middle-range prices, and then releasing them at a higher price six months later in Europe, something which it has been able to do owing to the different formats used by American and European VHS. With DVDs, one could theoretically buy a DVD in America and play it in Europe, China, India or New Zealand. However, regional encoding, though illegal according to international trade laws and the internal laws of many nations, would have enabled the industry to prevent American DVDs from working anywhere but America--in other words, a clever restriction against free trade."