DeCSS Debate Now in OpenLaw Forum

The Filter
Berkman Center for Internet & Society

February 21, 2000

Does digitizing content effectively remove it from public discourse? What will be the outcome for the Internet community if Hollywood succeeds with its interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act? The DVD Copy Control Authority (DVDCCA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) brought suits last month against website operators who posted DeCSS—a software program designed to decrypt and read the data encoded on commercial DVDs. The EFF is representing the site operators being sued, working to assert and defend the public's right to comment, criticize, discuss, or build upon DVD technology.

The Berkman Center is bringing together the technical and legal communities in our Openlaw forum to discuss the issues involved. Follow the link below to learn more about the case and join the forum or the Berkman Center's "DVD-discuss" mailing list.

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