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[dvd-announce] EFF Press Release on DeCSS Oral Argument (May 1)
DeCSS Case to be Reviewed by Appellate Court
Free Speech on Trial in DVD Fair Use Case
For Immediate Release -- Apr. 26, 2001
Cindy Cohn, EFF Legal Director
New York - In a case involving free speech rights and fair use of DVDs, the
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the appeal of 2600 Magazine in
Universal v. Remeirdes at 10:00 a.m. on May 1, 2001. The hearing will be
held in Courtroom 506 of the United States Courthouse at 40 Centre Street
(at Foley Square) in Manhattan, New York City.
Dean Kathleen Sullivan of Stanford Law School will argue the case on behalf
of the magazine. 2600 Magazine will hold a short press conference
immediately after the hearing in Foley Square Plaza, directly across from
The case arises from 2600 Magazine's publication of and linking to a
computer program called DeCSS in November, 1999 as part of its news
coverage about DVD decryption software. DeCSS decrypts movies on DVDs that
have been encrypted by a computer program called CSS. Decryption of DVD
movies is necessary in order to make fair use of the movies as well as to
play DVD movies on computers running the Linux operating system, among
Universal Studios, along with other members of the Motion Picture
Association of America, filed suit against the magazine in January 2000
seeking an order that the magazine no longer publish the program.
The Studios object to the publication of DeCSS because they claim that it
can be used as part of a process to infringe copyrights on DVD movies.
In the case, formally titled Universal v. Remeirdes, et. al., the District
Court granted a preliminary injunction against publication of DeCSS on
January 20, 2000. By August 2000, after an abbreviated trial, the Court
prohibited 2600 Magazine from even linking to DeCSS.
2600 appealed the trial court's ruling.
More information about this case is available on the EFF website at:
[and on the Openlaw website at
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties
organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded in
1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and government to
support free expression, privacy, and openness in the information society.
EFF is a member-supported organization and maintains one of the most
linked-to Web sites in the world: http://www.eff.org
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The details recapped:
Universal v. Reimerdes oral argument (2600 Magazine v. the movie studios
and the government intervenor)
May 1, 2001, at 10:00 a.m.
Second Circuit Courthouse, 40 Centre Street (Foley Square),
Proceedings are open to the public. Those planning to attend should arrive
promptly, as arguments last only 20 minutes a side, and a large crowd is
Wendy Seltzer -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School