2600 Magazine Seeks Another Opinion In N.Y. DeCSS Case

    Date15 Jan 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    3224
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Lawyers for the New York-based "hacker quarterly" 2600 magazine have asked that the full 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reconsider a decision by three of its judges to uphold a ban on publishing software code that can unlock encrypted video on DVDs.. . . Lawyers for the New York-based "hacker quarterly" 2600 magazine have asked that the full 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reconsider a decision by three of its judges to uphold a ban on publishing software code that can unlock encrypted video on DVDs.

    Kathleen Sullivan, the Stanford University Law School dean who argued on 2600's behalf in front of the appeals-court panel last spring, said today that prohibitions that keep the magazine from publishing DVD-decryption software known as DeCSS on its Web site jeopardize free speech principles with "newly minted distinctions between pen-and-ink and point-and-click."

    Despite high-profile help from Sullivan and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), 2600 and its publisher, Eric Corley, are today still unable to show the source code for DeCSS online or even post links to Web sites where that software is available.

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