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Re: [vox] Re: [vox-tech] DeCSS
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Re: [vox] Re: [vox-tech] DeCSS

The system over there sounds a little different than the one
here.  He won the criminal case, but the prosecution has the
right to appeal it to a higher court so I don't think that 
this is completely gone yet.

At any rate, this whould have the effect of reducing some of
the MPAA's case because the creator of the software didn't do
anything wrong in their juristriction.  The MPAA's lawyers
made the argument that Jon may have broke the law, but this
argument is now false.  I don't really think there was much
of a case anyway because Jon was 15 and incapable of "signing"
any shrink wrap license.

I suspect the MPAA's position is:  the copy of the data on
the disk to RAM to the screen is not allowed because it is
not done with a licensed player.  I think that this position
will fall as long as they are not allow to license movies 
the way that software is licensed and as long as there isn't
a key patent that makes it impossible to write software that
takes the encrypted movie to display on the screen.

They are going to eventually lose, it is just a matter of 
how many years (possibly decades) it takes for this to work
itself out.  


On Thu, Jan 09, 2003 at 11:08:51AM -0800, Bill Kendrick wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 09, 2003 at 01:05:50AM -0800, Larry Ozeran wrote:
> > I read today that the DeCSS trial in Norway found in favor of the 15 year
> > old hacker. Effectively, the 3 judge panel ruled that he bought a legal
> > copy of software and was trying only to view the DVD he legally purchased
> > on a Linux system. Perhaps justice will ultimately prevail and we will be
> > able to legally watch a DVD on a Linux system.
> I haven't honestly had time to read much about the latest in the DeCSS trial.
> What I'm sad to see, though, is when articles start out with:
>   "...And so the 15 year old hacker wrote code to copy DVDs..."
> Seriously... that shines such a bad light on what he actually was doing.
> (As you said above, trying to VIEW legal DVDs...)  >:^(
> PS - This sounds more like a topic for vox, than vox-tech, so I moved it
>      there. :^)
> -bill!
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