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Date: 2000-09-09

DeCSS: MPAA-Anwälte an quintessenz

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Wie es so Brauch ist, wenn die US-Filmlobby mit
Schrotflinten gegen das Netz schießt: sie nehmen immer
eine Person aufs Korn, egal wers ist, nur keine Gruppe,
keinen Verein, wie etwa quintessenz. Hier haben sie jemand
ausgesucht, der die Domain vor Urzeiten
registriert hat.

Wie gegen und andere in den USA soll auch in EU
ein gerichtliches *Linkverbot* auf DeCSS durchgesetzt
werden.. Darum geht es den Unterzeichneten: "Respectfully,
The Motion Picture Association"

post/scrypt: Wir ersuchen das p.t. Publikum höflich um
etwas Beherrschung. Irgendwer in den hinteren Reihen hat
schon wieder "Arschlöcher" gesagt.

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From: Ernest E Vogelsinger Subject: DeCSS / Motion
Picture Association

Motion Picture Association World Wide Anti-Piracy
15503 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91436 Phone: (818)
728-8127 Email:

September 6, 2000

Ernest E. Vogelsinger

RE: Illegal Provision of DeCSS/Circumvention Device
Site/URL: MPA File #: 5-671-822

Dear Ernest E. Vogelsinger:

The Motion Picture Association is authorized to act on behalf
of the following copyright owners:

Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. Paramount Pictures
Corporation TriStar Pictures, Inc. Twentieth Century Fox Film
Corporation United Artists Pictures, Inc. United Artists
Corporation Universal City Studios, Inc. Warner Bros., a
Division of Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P.

We have knowledge that the above-referenced Internet site is
providing a circumvention device commonly known as
DeCSS. DeCSS is a software utility that decrypts or
unscrambles the contents of DVDs (consisting of copyrighted
motion pictures) or otherwise circumvents the protection
afforded by the Contents Scramble System (CSS) and
permits the copying of the DVD contents and/or any portion
thereof. As such, DeCSS is an unlawful circumvention
device, which violates, inter alia, United States federal law.
Specifically, providing or offering DeCSS to the public on your
network or system violates the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act, 17 U.S.C. §1201 et seq. ("DMCA"), which proscribes
"manufacturing, importing or offering to the public, providing,
or otherwise trafficking" in an unlawful circumvention device.

On August 17, 2000, a federal district court in the Southern
District of New York confirmed that offering, providing, or
trafficking in DeCSS, or any other device designed to
circumvent CSS, violates the DMCA. The district court
granted a permanent injunction against (1) posting on any
Internet site, or in any other way manufacturing, importing or
offering to the public, providing, or otherwise trafficking in
DeCSS or any other technology primarily designed to
circumvent CSS, and (2) linking any Internet web site, either
directly or through a series of links, to any other Internet web
site containing DeCSS.

Based on the foregoing, we request that you:

1) take appropriate steps to cause immediate removal of
DeCSS from the above identified URL, along with such other
actions as may be necessary or appropriate to suspend this
illegal activity;

2) provide appropriate notice to the subscriber or account
holder responsible for the presence of DeCSS on your
system or network, advising him/her of the contents of this
notice and directing that person to contact the undersigned
immediately at the e-mail address provided above;

3) advise us of the name and physical address of the person
operating this site; and

4) maintain, and take whatever steps are necessary to
prevent the destruction of, all records, including electronic
records, in your possession or control respecting this URL,
account holder or subscriber.

By copy of this letter, the owner of the above-referenced URL
and/or email account is hereby directed to cease and desist
from the conduct complained of herein.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Your
immediate response is requested.

The information in this notification is accurate, and we
declare, under penalty of perjury, that the Motion Picture
Association is authorized to act on behalf of the owner[s] of
exclusive rights described above.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at the
above listed address.

Respectfully, The Motion Picture Association

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