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LinuxNews.com: Move Over, Spartacus--Here Comes DeCSS

Oct 30, 2000, 23:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bonnie Greene)

[ Thanks to Bonnie Greene for this link. ]

"In case you've been in a cave for the last year, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has been taking action against anyone who distributes DeCSS, a program for decrypting DVDs (Digital Versatile Disks) on Linux computers. One Free Software advocate decided to do something about it: "If I couldn't distribute DeCSS," remembers Mr. Bad, "I would distribute DeCSS."

"Mr. Bad, a senior editor of the proudly subversive Pigdog Journal, wrote and published a program with the same name as the banned DVD decryption software in hopes of confounding the MPAA's efforts to purge the latter from the Internet."

"In February, Mr. Bad published an announcement of his release of the decoy. "I've been really mad about the recent spate of horrible witch hunts by the MPAA against people who use, distribute, or even LINK TO sites that distribute DeCSS. They think it's good for COPYING DVDs, which, in fact, it's totally useless for," he wrote. "I've been talking about the the whole travesty here on Pigdog Journal, of course... but I feel like I should do something more, like help redistribute the DeCSS software."

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