"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
"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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