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Nando Times/AP: Software makers fight exemptions to digital copyright legislation

May 22, 2000, 06:08 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ron Harris)

"Technology industry leaders told a federal panel Friday that exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act could undermine their efforts to fight piracy of music, movies and software."

"...But some computer users disagree, arguing that there are certain uses for circumventing copyright protection technology that do not infringe upon a software maker."

"For example, DeCSS is a free software program that allows the user to decode and copy a DVD movie to a computer hard drive. It was invented by users of the Linux computer operating system to play DVD movies on their PCs."

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