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NY Times/AP: DVD Trial Testimony Ends

Jul 26, 2000, 21:31 (2 Talkback[s])

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"A Manhattan judge indicated Tuesday he was likely to declare what is seemingly banal computer code as a form of expressive content, a distinction that may help bring it First Amendment protection."

"But if U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan rules the way he appeared to be leaning in court, it's likely to create some ripples in the DVD industry. The computer code the judge may opt to protect would make it possible for anyone to copy DVDs."

"Kaplan heard the conclusion of testimony Tuesday in a case brought by the motion picture industry to try to stop DVDs from being copied on computers. He will decide the case without a jury after lawyers submit papers in August."

"The judge must decide in the civil case whether eight major movie studios can stop Eric Corley from making software available online or posting links to it so that people can copy films that are in DVD format."

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