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Wired: DVD Piracy Judge Tells All

Nov 17, 2000, 23:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

"U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan doesn't truly dislike hackers and open-source programmers, not exactly. Kaplan, who sided with the motion picture industry in a landmark DVD-descrambling lawsuit this year, simply views them as lawless miscreants."

"To Kaplan, a 56-year-old jurist who once represented Time Warner as a lawyer in private practice, the coders who crafted the DeCSS DVD-decrypting utility are "what might be called cyber-freedom fighters, or perhaps cyber-anarchists...."

"But the ruling did little to stop the spread of DeCSS online. Google, for instance, reports over 68,000 matches for "DeCSS," and Carnegie Mellon University researcher Dave Touretzky, who testified at the trial, has never removed DeCSS from his website."

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