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Update: DVD De-scrambling Poster Avoids Liability in Calif.

Nov 27, 2002, 01:32 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gretchen Hyman)

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"The California Supreme Court ruled this week that a Texas programmer accused of publishing DVD decryption software on the Internet would not be forced to stand trial in California.

"Mathew Pavlovich, president of Media Drive, a Texas-based technology consulting business is accused of re-publishing an open source DVD de-scrambling software program called DeCSS on the Internet in early 1999. The posting raised the ire of Hollywood movie studios and those entities that rely on DVD encryption technology to protect copyrighted data.

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a civil liberties organization for the digital world, and lead attorney Allonn Levy of San Jose, Calif.-based law firm Hopkins and Carley won a key jurisdiction argument this week in defense of Pavlovich..."

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