EFF asks court for relief in DVD encryption ban

    Date22 Jan 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3594
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an online civil liberties group, said it has petitioned a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court's interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The group said in a statement that the . . . The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an online civil liberties group, said it has petitioned a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court's interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The group said in a statement that the decision created an unconstitutional restraint on free expression.

    The appeal is aimed at a lower court's injunction against 2600 Magazine which prevents it from publishing and linking to information about encryption applied to DVDs. The banned information is a computer program called DeCSS that decrypts the data contained on DVDs, EFF said.

    Eight major motion picture studios sued the magazine and its publisher in January 2000 under the "anti-circumvention" rules of the DMCA. The District Court in the Southern District of New York agreed the rules forbid 2600 Magazine from publishing information about, or linking to, DeCSS because it can be used to circumvent the encryption placed on DVDs.

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