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The Register: Mythology dominates MPAA strategy in DVD trial

Jul 25, 2000, 14:07 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas C Greene)

"The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) suit against three New York Webmasters who made available for download the controversial DeCSS utility which defeats the CSS encryption scheme on DVDs appears to be founded on a queer blend of statistical rot and hacking hysteria, not to mention a few outright lies."

"Among the more transparent stretchers to which the MPAA has been clinging is a claim that DeCSS is flooding the Internet with pirated DVDs. Among the more outrageous is a claim that decrypted DVDs are now being sold in hard copies."

"The lie here is one of omission; it simply is not necessary to decrypt CSS to make a hard copy or ten thousand of a DVD, so the existence of such copies in no way indicates prior use of the DeCSS utility, as every rocket scientist and his lowbrow deaf-mute assistant well knows."

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