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Wired: DeCSS Trial Begins in The Matrix

Jul 17, 2000, 23:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

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"In January, eight movie studios filed suit against 2600 magazine for distributing DeCSS, a program that allows the descrambling and viewing of DVD movies. The magazine and the open source Linux community argue that the DMCA goes too far and is an unconstitutional abridgement of the right to free speech."

"Attorneys representing 2600 filed papers on Friday arguing that U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan had a "virulent" bias and hostility toward counsel for the defense and argued that Kaplan should recuse himself from the case or be disqualified. It turns out that Kaplan had worked at Paul Weiss, a law firm that represented Warner Bros., in matters related to DVD antitrust -- and Warner Bros. is one of the plaintiffs in this case."

"A testy Kaplan, during a hearing that began at 9 a.m., rejected attorney Martin Garbus' request for recusal and started the trial as scheduled."

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