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SJ Mercury: Man denies wrongdoing in DVD case

Jul 23, 2000, 17:36 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Neumeister)

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"A man accused by the motion picture industry of trying to sabotage its efforts to prevent DVDs from being copied on computers says he is a journalist, not a computer expert, and provides a public service. "I've never taken a computer course or anything like that," Eric Corley told U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan during two days of testimony that concluded Friday in a civil trial in Manhattan. "I consider myself a journalist."

"The judge, hearing the case without a jury, must decide whether the eight major movie studios can stop Corley from making software available online or posting links to it so that people can copy DVDs. Kaplan already has issued a temporary restraining order that forced Corley to remove the software from his site, but the software is still available elsewhere on the Internet.}

"Corley, 40, testified that he did not know if the program worked but felt an obligation to provide it to the public as the editor and publisher of the Web site 2600.com and the print publication "2600: The Hacker Quarterly."

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