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[dvd-announce] Proposed amicus brief filed
Thanks to the tremendous effort of a number of Openlaw participants, we
have filed a proposed amicus brief with Judge Kaplan in Universal v.
Reimerdes. (The "friend of the court" brief is a chance for non-parties
with interests in the case to present arguments.)
We filed to oppose the plaintiff movie studios' motion to enjoin 2600 from
linking to DeCSS code from its web pages. We argue that links are key to
Web communication, so an injunction would be a prior restraint in violation
of the First Amendment. We also argue that there are no "contributory
violations" of the DMCA, and that because DeCSS is legitimate reverse
engineering, the original injunction should be vacated.
The brief is online at <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/openlaw/DVD/amicus.html>
Thanks again to all who have helped develop the arguments and write the brief!
Wendy Seltzer -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society