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Old 23-Feb-2004, 18:26   #1
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Chalk one up to the DMCA (but don't ink it in)

The Register reports that Big Hollywood has chalked up its first victory under the DMCA.

321 studios have been told to stop selling their X Copy DVD copying software which included the notorious deCSS program that can decrypt the source files of DVD movies. The developer had claimed that their software had legal uses (the same line that Kazaa tried with some success) and that end users copying their own DVDs represented "fair use". The DMCA on the other hand makes it an offence to even try and decrypt an encrypted product so the action was something of a test case for what would appear to be conflicting legal requirements.

Similar actions against 321 are being pursued in the UK under EU and UK copyright law demonstrating the problems that the movie studios have in combating such constantly changing and globally available technologies.

Even this small victory is likely to be a hollow one. 321 have said they will just strip out deCSS, leaving users to simply find and install the offending component themselves.
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