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Washington Post: DVD Code-Breakers Dealt Court Setbacks

Jan 22, 2000, 21:27 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Musgrove)

"Users of the Linux operating system who are anxious to watch DVD movies on their computers lost on two fronts this week."

"In New York, a district judge sided with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on Thursday, granting a preliminary injunction against three defendants--programmers who posted a DVD descrambling program, DeCSS, to their World Wide Web sites, as well as the owner of an Internet provider whose customer had made DeCSS available online. And in a separate case brought by the DVD Copy Control Association (CCA), a California state court granted a similar injunction yesterday afternoon."

"Under both injunctions, the defendants have to yank any downloadable copies of DeCSS, which unlocks security codes that prevent DVD movies from being copied. With this deadbolt removed, a user can watch a DVD on a computer even if a licensed player program for it isn't available, as is the case with Linux. One also can make perfect digital copies of the video, albeit only at considerable expense."

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