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CNET News.com: Hollywood studios allege DVD piracy in suit

Jan 15, 2000, 19:02 (2 Talkback[s])

"Eight major movie production studios, including Disney and Paramount Pictures, have asked a federal judge to stop three New Yorkers from distributing software that allows bootleggers to copy DVD film disks."

"In a suit filed today in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the studios charged the defendants have posted the software on their Web site along with messages encouraging DVD copying. The copying program, DeCSS, unscrambles a security code on DVDs that is supposed to prevent their duplication, said Richard Taylor, a spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America...."

"The studios say the new technology enables unauthorized film copies to be transmitted over the Internet, stored in computer memories, and duplicated for sale and exchange. "Once these copies are in the hands of another user, the unlawful process can begin once again because the copies have the clarity and quality of the original DVDs," the complaint says."

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