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Wired: Link Ban 'Threatens Free Speech'

May 04, 2000, 19:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

"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 York...."

"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 Fox."

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