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Penguinista.org: Setting Wired straight on DeCSS coverage

Aug 26, 2000, 16:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Merrell)

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"Every now and then the journalism profession must police its own ranks. We find ourselves in the uncomfortable position of needing to warn other internet news media about a recent article that appears to be both deliberately inaccurate and intended to encourage other internet news services to pass on the disinformation."

"The article was published by Wired News on August 23, appearing under the byline of Declan McCullough. It discusses the ongoing litigation over dissemination of the DeCSS program for decrypting DVD movies."

"Cast as a news article warning internet journalists that "a recent ruling by a federal judge could imperil your ability to place hyperlinks in some news articles," McCullough's article is constructed around a theme that U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan's decision in Universal City Studios v. Reimerdes "could create legal problems for reporters and editors at sites like Wired News, Slashdot, and CNET's news.com, who have included links to DeCSS in news stories as part of their coverage of the lawsuit."

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