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ComputerWorld: Lawyers inadvertently release DVD decryption code

Jan 27, 2000, 20:09 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ann Harrison)

"Lawyers for an entertainment industry trade group, which claims that a program breaking the DVD Content Scrambling System violates trade secrets, inadvertently made the program widely available as part of its request for a preliminary injunction against Web site operators who posted the software...."

"The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which is supporting a defendant in the case, argues that the DVD-CCA waived trade secret protection when it entered the information into the public record. The DVD-CCA wasn't available for comment."

"In the meantime, some Web site operators not listed as defendants in the case have been busy distributing copies of DeCSS around the world since last October. More than 26,000 people have downloaded DeCSS from one site alone at a rate of 600 per hour since the program was posted there Jan. 22."

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