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CNN: Hundreds of defendants named in lawsuit over DVD hacking

Dec 29, 1999, 15:37 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amanda Barnett)

"An industry group that licenses encryption technology for DVDs filed a lawsuit in California on Tuesday accusing 500 Web site administrators of giving away trade secrets in a scheme to override encryption software that protects against DVD piracy...."

"One of the defendants, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly's site at 2600.com, posted an article responding to the lawsuit. The article expressed amazement at being sued for reporting that the DVD encryption code had been cracked. According to the article, the Web site "had nothing to do with the actual cracking of the encryption...."

"The Norwegian group reportedly cracked the player code while trying to reverse-engineer a software DVD player in order to create one compatible with the Linux operating system. There is currently no Linux-compatible software DVD player. The group then released the DeCSS program, which will automatically break the encryption code."

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