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ZDNet: DeCSS in court: DVDs can be cracked

Jul 18, 2000, 06:34 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos)

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"A university professor testified on Monday in New York Federal Court that DeCSS, a program that decrypts the protections on digital video disks will quickly lead to rampant copying of movies -- just as music is being copied and traded over Napster."

"It is clear what is going on in the music industry is that music files are being compressed and traded," said Michael I. Shamos, a professor of computer science and the director of the Universal Library project at Carnegie Mellon University. "It is completely clear to me that the same is being done with video that is happening to music."

"Shamos' testimony is the first step toward proving that DeCSS is a tool with the primary purpose, according to eight major movie studios that are the plaintiffs in the case, of allowing people to pirate their movies."

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