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[dvd-discuss] Re: DVDCCA v. Bunner
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- From: Seth Finkelstein <sethf(at)sethf.com>
- Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 09:49:21 -0400
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> Does anyone know what's going on?
Probably something to do with:
California Supreme Court Hears DVD Trade Secret Case
Civil Liberties Groups Seek Internet Publication Protection
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 22, 2002
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the First
Amendment Project today asked the California Supreme Court to affirm
an appeals court decision permitting publication of software pending a
lower court's ruling on a trade secret case. In a tremendous victory
for freedom of speech on the Internet, the appeals court had
overturned a lower court injunction against publication of the
software based on the publisher's First Amendment rights.
DVD-CCA, the organization that licenses DVD technology for Hollywood
movie studios, originally filed the lawsuit in December 1999 and
obtained a lower court injunction in January 2000 against defendant
Andrew Bunner for publishing DeCSS software that decrypts DVDs. When
an appeals panel overruled the lower court injunction last November,
DVD-CCA then appealed to the California Supreme Court to challenge the
appeals panel ruling.
The appeals panel had ruled that the trial judge failed to consider
the First Amendment rights of Bunner to republish information readily
obtainable in the public domain when it issued the gag order.
DVD-CCA's reply brief is due on June 11, 2002, and oral argument will
be scheduled before the California Supreme Court for sometime in the
next eighteen months.
Seth Finkelstein Consulting Programmer firstname.lastname@example.org http://sethf.com
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