"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
"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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