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SJ Mercury/AP: Judge bars DVD copier from websites

Jan 22, 2000, 21:15 (6 Talkback[s])

"Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Elfving issued a preliminary injunction Friday barring the sites from offering DeCSS to users. He had refused last month to grant a temporary restraining order pending hearings on the trade group's lawsuit."

"His ruling follows a similar decision Thursday by a federal judge in New York, who ruled that three Web sites posting DeCSS had violated the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act."

"Internet activists said Elfving's decision abridged the Web site operators' free speech rights, but he disagreed."

"If the court does not immediately enjoin the posting of this proprietary information, the (industry's) right to protect this information as a secret will surely be lost," Elfving wrote."

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