2600 ends DeCSS battle
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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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