OpenDVD.org: Rick Moen — What DeCSS is and isn’t

“After coming back from the DVD DCC hearing in San Jose
(which was interesting, and the judge will issue his decision this
afternoon), I came across your _Globe_ piece, “Web sites sued for
DVD piracy”.

“There are a few things you ought to know…”

“You wrote: “At issue is the question of whether Web site
operators can help distribute a piece of software that can defeat
the security system built into millions of DVDs, thus enabling
people to make illegal copies.”

“Um, no. DeCSS isn’t _relevant_ to copying. Period.”

“DeCSS allows users on Linux, FreeBSD, BeOS, and many other
operating systems gain access to the DVD movies they paid for, an
ability they never had before October 1999.”