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Newsbytes: DVD Lawsuit Spreads Its Own 'Trade Secrets'

Jan 27, 2000, 23:25 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David McGuire)

"Following an apparent blunder by attorneys for the digital video disc (DVD) industry, a California superior court judge Wednesday placed under seal industry-spawned court documents that revealed the selfsame "trade secrets" that the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD- CCA) is suing to suppress."

"The DVD-CCA is embroiled in a legal battle against more than 50 Website operators who allegedly posted information about DVD encryption codes on their sites. The industry claims that those codes are copyrighted trade secrets and is suing to suppress their dissemination over the Internet...."

"In so doing the DVD-CCA introduced the CSS into the public record and gravely undermined their claim that the CSS is a "trade secret," a source close to the case, who demanded anonymity, told Newsbytes today."

"The DVD-CCA shared their trade secret with the world," the source said."

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