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Feb 09, 2000, 04:18 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by C. Scott Ananian)

"A judge's decision to ban a DVD-playing Linux program and all discussion about it outrages the free-software community."

"Forget the VA Linux buyout of Slashdot, or the latest rumor about which Linux start-up is about to go public -- right now, the Johansen case is the single hottest issue in the free-software/open-source world."

"Maybe you haven't yet heard of Jon Johansen or DeCSS, the computer program he wrote last year. If the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has its way, you never will. DeCSS is one piece of a set of programs that allow computers running Linux-based operating systems to play DVDs; currently there is no commercial software available to play DVDs on Linux."

"To the uninformed, the fight over DeCSS might look like the latest hacker obsession -- sure to blow over as soon as the DVD industry starts licensing DVD player technology for the Linux-based operating system. But the key issue at stake here -- corporate control versus individual freedom -- is fundamentally important. It's reason enough for me to stand on a cold New York street corner, and it's reason enough for hackers to fight."

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