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NY Times: First Amendment Lawyer Takes on Movie Studios in DVD Case

Apr 28, 2000, 14:15 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Eight major movie studios are asking a federal judge to order a Web publisher to stop linking to hundreds of sites carrying a piece of software that they say threatens their industry. Martin Garbus is determined to stop them."

"Garbus, a well-known New York trial lawyer and First Amendment specialist, was brought on board recently to assist the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a cyber-liberties group, and a small group of volunteer lawyers in their efforts to wage an important legal battle. In essence, the case tests the ability of movie studios and other content providers to use a new federal law to restrict access to their digital wares."

"Next week Garbus plans to submit legal papers arguing that his client, Eric Corley, one of three defendants in the case, has a perfect right to link to sites posting a controversial software program called DeCSS. Corley, under the name Emmanuel Goldstein, runs a print and Web publication, "2600: The Hacker Quarterly."

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