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Wired: A Thorn in Hollywood's Side

Mar 21, 2001, 21:10 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

"Dave Touretzky might seem like an unlikely champion of free expression...."

"Touretzky's latest project is no less controversial: a Gallery of CSS Descramblers that thumbs its nose at the Motion Picture Association of America by exhaustively documenting how to decrypt DVDs. It includes every known computer program that does so...."

"But Touretzky says that so far, the MPAA has only fired off threatening letters. In one nastygram last month, MPAA anti-piracy official Hemanshu Nigam said: "We therefore demand that you take appropriate steps to cause the immediate removal of DeCSS from the above identified Internet site, along with such other actions as may be necessary or appropriate to suspend this illegal activity...."

"Even if we get this (DeCSS) code distributed everywhere, it's just going to strengthen the hand of the content companies to argue that people can't be trusted to have control of their own computers and the government must enforce controls over computers," Touretzky said. "They're going to do that by implementing stuff like CPRM."

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