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Californian DeCSS case goes to Supreme Court

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 21 Feb 2002 3:10

California Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear the case between DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) and Andrew Bunner. In case DVD CCA sued San Fransisco-based Andrew Bunner in 1999 claiming that he violated Californian trade secrets law (note: NOT the notorious DMCA) when he posted DeCSS code to the Internet.
Californian 6th District Court of Appeal decided in November that posting DeCSS code is allowed under American constitution's First Amendment (free speech).

DeCSS allows users to break copy-protected DVD-Video discs that contain copy-protection scheme called CSS and DVD CCA claims that by allowing users to post and distribute DeCSS they violate DMCA and encourage movie piracy.

In New York there's a separate case going on where Universal and MPAA have sued website 2600 because it posted DeCSS code on its site and didn't take it down after MPAA sent the website's owner, Eric Corley, a letter demanding a removal of the program.

California Supreme Court didn't teel when it is about to hear the opening arguments in the case.

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