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32BitsOnline: EFF Asks Court For Relief In DVD Encryption Info Ban

Jan 19, 2001, 20:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Stone)

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an online civil liberties group, today said it has petitioned a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court's interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The group said in a statement that the decision created an unconstitutional restraint on free expression."

"The banned information is a computer program called DeCSS that decrypts the data contained on DVDs... The program is designed to prevent copyright infringement, but the court held that publishing DeCSS was illegal even when no infringement had occurred and despite the fact that it was being used for legitimate, constitutionally protected purposes, EFF said."

"Emmanuel Goldstein, editor-in-chief of 2600 Magazine, said in the statement, "The anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA threaten the media's ability to point the public to truthful information. The First Amendment has always protected such publication."

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