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The Register: DeCSS injunction challenged

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) submitted an appeal
this week to reconsider a preliminary injunction granted against
more than seventy Webmasters accused of trade secrets infringement
for circulating a utility programme called DeCSS which cracks the
security coding of DVDs and enables users to watch them on
unauthorised viewers.”

“The free-speech advocacy group argues that the act of posting
the utility is constitutionally protected expression, not trade
secret infringement.”

A key claim is that reverse engineering and decryption are
permitted under the fair use exceptions to US copyright and trade
secrets laws….

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