Wired: Link Ban ‘Threatens Free Speech’

“A federal judge should not order 2600.com to yank hyperlinks to
the DeCSS program from its website because it “would constitute a
gross prior restraint of speech,” 2600 magazine says in court
documents filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New

As part of its role as an organ of the media, 2600 took the
same actions as other media outlets such as the San Jose Mercury
News, CNN.com, Wired (News), and ZDNet, which all at one time also
linked directly to DeCSS
,” wrote Martin Garbus, a well-known
civil liberties attorney at Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein and Selz who
is representing 2600.”

“After being sued in January by motion picture studios for
distributing DeCSS, 2600 deleted the program from its website but
continued to link to mirror sites. The plaintiffs include Paramount
Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Disney Enterprises, and 20th Century


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