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2600 ends DeCSS battle
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-07-09
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Source: Mi2N - July 7, 2002

Online and print publisher 2600 Magazine won't seek a US Supreme Court review of a court order prohibiting publishing or linking to the DeCSS computer program, states the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

This ends 2600's two-and-a-half year legal battle over DeCSS, an app which lets DVD owners use players the entertainment industry doesn't like. It was originally developed and published by Norwegian teenager Jon Johansen, to great public interest, especially in the Linux community.

"Johansen created DeCSS in an effort to develop an open source software player that would allow people to play their lawfully purchased DVDs on computers running the Linux operating system," said the EFF. "But since people may also use the DeCSS program as one step in infringing the copyrights of DVD movies, both the New York District Court and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals interpreted the DMCA as banning 2600 Magazine from publishing or linking to DeCSS."

Eight major motion picture studios sued 2600 for publishing an article containing the DeCSS computer software and linking to DeCSS.

In a related DeCSS case, a California Court of Appeals held that the preliminary injunction violated the First Amendment rights of Andrew Bunner, a DeCSS republisher in California. The California DVD case is currently pending before the California Supreme Court.

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