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[dvd-announce] Openlaw updates from NY and California

 >>2600 Trial to Begin Next Monday, July 17, in New York

Trial in the movie studios' case against 2600 begins next Monday, July 17, 
before Judge Lewis Kaplan in the Southern District of New York.  Documents 
and transcripts in the case, Universal v. Corley, are collected at 

The EFF will hold a press briefing this Friday in conjunction with 2600's 
H2K conference, where Robin Gross, Martin Garbus, and Emmanuel Goldstein 
will discuss the case and the issues it presents.
WHEN: Friday, July 14th, 2000 at 1:00PM
WHERE: Hotel Pennsylvania, 6th Floor, Zurich Suite, 33rd Street and 7th Avenue

On the dvd-discuss list, participants have been poking holes in plaintiffs' 
deposition testimony and expert declarations, most recently that of Michael 
Shamos, who claims to have used DeCSS to convert a DVD movie to DivX ;-) 
format and then shared it with someone he met through IRC.

Ole Craig, a dvd-discuss participant, gave a brilliant deposition on the 
impracticalities of Internet file transfer for DVD movies. 

dvd-discuss is now honing arguments against plaintiffs' authority model to 
demonstrate that there is no effective technological protection measure for 
DeCSS to "circumvent."   Add your thoughts to the list or the discussion 
board at <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/HyperNews/get3/opendvd.html>

 >>EFF Files Reply Brief on California DVDCCA Appeal

The EFF and First Amendment Project filed their final reply brief on appeal 
of the preliminary injunction in the California trade secret case, DVD CCA 
v. Bunner.  They were joined by amici from the Institute of  Electrical and 
Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Committee for Interoperable 
Systems (ACIS) and the Computer &  Communications Industry Association (CCIA).
The reply brief: 

The EFF hosted a packed pretrial rally July 10 at Berkeley featuring John 
Perry Barlow and Pamela Samuelson.

Thanks for all your help!

Wendy Seltzer -- wendy@seltzer.com
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
Openlaw - DVD: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/openlaw/DVD/