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EFF.org: DVD Update: Movie Studios Admit DeCSS Not Related to Piracy

Jul 19, 2000, 17:16 (8 Talkback[s])

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"The cyber trial of the century began this morning with testimony by Frank Andrew Stevenson the Norwegian cryptographer who first published an analysis of the CSS security cipher. Stevenson explained it was necessary to independently build a Linux DVD player because Linux users had no way to watch their DVDs on their computers the way Microsoft Windows users could. Stevenson also explained why DeCSS, a Windows program, is necessary for the development of a Linux DVD player. According to Stevenson, Linux does not read a DVD's UDF files so the project had to be tested on Windows - which is able to read the UDF file format."

"The movie studios next called to the stand Robert Schumann, who owns a company called Cinea that receives more than 50% of its yearly income from the MPAA and the Proskaur Rose law firm. Schumann stated his expertise comes largely from being the chief architect of the DiVX security system, which he claimed was a "better way to rent movies to consumers." Last year, DiVX failed when the public rejected its anti-consumer features. Schumann's affidavit and testimony that DeCSS was created to be a tool of piracy was severely undermined on cross-examination by EFF's defense team when asked about a report he submitted to the MPAA concluding that members of the Livid mailing list (where DeCSS was published) were attempting to build a Linux DVD player."

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