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Wired: DVD Battle Heats Up

“In the trench warfare between the motion picture industry and
the Linux and hacker communities, it’s pretty obvious who can
afford to spend the most on lawyers.”

The eight Motion Picture Association of America member
companies, which have been battling the DVD-descrambling utility
called DeCSS, have hired one of the largest, oldest, and meanest
law firms in New York city, Proskauer Rose. They’ve got so many
lawyers to spare that they flew some to the Bay Area just to sit in
on a hearing in a separate case….

“But the beleaguered defense teams, which have been defeated in
two of two cases so far, have a not-so-secret weapon: The Internet
and open collaboration.”

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