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Fwd: [Politech] California DeCSS case eventually, finally, over [ip]

[Wow, this is a little old...]

Looks like good news for having DVD playing in Debian someday...

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From: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Date: January 24, 2004 12:59:22 EST
To: politech@politechbot.com
Subject: [Politech] California DeCSS case eventually, finally, over [ip]
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Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 14:32:26 -0800
To: Declan@well.com, Dave@farber.net
From: Cindy Cohn <cindy@eff.org>
Subject: EFF: DVD Descrambling Code Not a Trade Secret

Hi guys,

In a complete surprise to us, the DVD CCA has given up on the Bunner case


Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 22, 2004


Cindy Cohn
  Legal Director
  Electronic Frontier Foundation
  +1 415 436-9333 x108 (office), +1 415 307-2148 (cell)

Gwen Hinze
  Staff Attorney
  Electronic Frontier Foundation
  +1 415 436-9333 x110 (office)

DVD Descrambling Code Not a Trade Secret

DVD CCA Surrenders in Bunner DVD Descrambling Case

San Jose, California - In a surprising retreat today, the
consortium of entertainment and technology companies known
as DVD CCA is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit against Andrew
Bunner, a republisher of a computer program created to allow
movie lovers to play their DVDs on computers running the
Linux operating system.

DVD CCA effectively gave up a multi-year effort to have the
republication of the program, called DeCSS, declared a
violation of trade secret laws.

"DeCSS has been available on hundreds if not thousands of
websites for 4 years now," said EFF Legal Director Cindy
Cohn. "We're pleased that the DVD CCA has finally stopped
attempting to deny the obvious: DeCSS is not a secret."

The California Supreme Court last year ruled that one could
apply preliminary restraint on publication of a computer
program only in very narrow circumstances. DVD CCA sued
Bunner along with hundreds of people, including some T-shirt

For this advisory:

DVD CCA v. Bunner case archive:

About EFF:

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liberties organization working to protect rights in the
digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF actively encourages and
challenges industry and government to support free
expression and privacy online. EFF is a member-supported
organization and maintains one of the most linked-to
websites in the world at


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Electronic Frontier Foundation
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