This category is for sites on press coverage related to the DVD Content Scrambling System and the release of the key known as DeCSS, which allows users to store and view DVDs from a computer hard drive.
BBC News - Legal Victory for 'DVD Hacker'
An appeals court clears a Norwegian man of DVD piracy charges brought against him by the US movie industry. (December 22, 2003)
Jon Johansen Indicted by Norwegian Authorities
"The authorities responsible for investigating economic crime in Norway today (after 2 years of 'investigation') charged JLJ for violating a law regarding computer 'break-ins', commonly known as the 'hacker paragraph'. This is for distributing the DeCSS sourcecode." News and forum discussion. [Slashdot] (January 10, 2002)
SecurityFocus - DeCSS Creator Indicted in Norway
Norwegian prosecutors have indicted Jon Johansen for his role in creating the DeCSS program that unlocked a DVD copy protection system and unleashed a series of lawsuits by the motion picture industry. (January 10, 2002)
US Courts Kowtow to Entertainment Industry
News of DeCSS linking case upheld on appeal and the dismissal of Felten v. RIAA. By Thomas C. Greene. [Register] (November 29, 2001)
DMCA 2, Freedom 0
"2600 is reporting that they've lost their Appeal in the 2nd Circuit court." News and discussion forum. [Slashdot] (November 28, 2001)
World's First DeCSS Executable Prime Number
"Mathematician Phil Carmody, who in March of this year managed to encode the DeCSS source in a prime number, has upped the ante by producing a prime number which represents an executable version of the banned CSS descrambler." By Thomas C. Greene. [Register] (September 11, 2001)
Judges Seek Answers on Computer Code as Free Speech
"In what may signal a heightened significance for a case testing the constitutionality of a 1998 digital copyright law, a panel of appeals court judges has asked both sides of a case to answer a list of 11 questions on whether computer code can qualify as free speech." By Amy Harmon. [New York Times] [Free registration required.] (May 11, 2001)
Judges Weigh Copyright Suit on Unlocking DVD Shield
"A lawyer for the Web magazine 2600 urged a federal appeals court in Manhattan yesterday to find unconstitutional a 1998 law that seeks to limit the unauthorized copying of digitized material." By Amy Harmon. [New York Times] [Free registration required.] (May 02, 2001)
Does an Anti-Piracy Plan Quash the First Amendment?
"Does fair use entitle the scholar, reporter or others to gain access to the copyrighted work in the first place? It's at the heart of a closely-watched copyright and First Amendment case winding its way through the federal appeals maze." By Carl S. Kaplan. [New York Times] [Free registration required.] (April 27, 2001)
Movie Industry Frowns on Professor's Software Gallery
"His site is a gallery devoted to representations of a piece of software that has been deemed illegal because it can be used to break through the copy-protection system on DVD movies." By David F. Gallagher. [New York Times] [Free registration required.] (March 30, 2001)
Movie Industry Wins a Round in DVD Copyright Case
"A federal judge in Manhattan ruled today that a Web site operator cannot distribute a computer program used to crack codes that prevent the piracy of movies." By John Sullivan. [New York Times] (August 18, 2000)
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