Hackers v. Hollywood, the Sequel

    Date01 May 2001
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3331
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Music industry lawyers plan to tell a federal appeals court that a DVD-descrambling program is primarily useful to hackers and should be outlawed. On Tuesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in this high-profile lawsuit, which has . . . Music industry lawyers plan to tell a federal appeals court that a DVD-descrambling program is primarily useful to hackers and should be outlawed. On Tuesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in this high-profile lawsuit, which has pitted Hollywood against open-source proponents and represents the first legal challenge to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

    2600 Magazine, the hacker-zine that posted the DeCSS utility on its site and was sued by the motion picture industry, is appealing its loss during a trial that took place last year. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled last year that distributing the Windows utility violates the DMCA.

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