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Date: 2000-09-19

MPAA: DeCSS-Liebesbriefe fuer Europa

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q/depesche 00.9.19/1

[Notwendiges Praescrypt: Warum es in den letzten Tagen
gar so wenig q/depeschen gegeben hat, erklärt sich so: Statt
auf NT läuft seit dem Wochenende alles auf einer Linux/kiste,
die allen und keinem, also der quintessenz gehört. [vivat, crescat, floreat]

Der hauptsächliche q/depeschenDiener wurde auf seine alte
Tage mit essentiellen Dingen wie "Mailman, Mutt, Putty & c"
konfrontiert, geheime Wissenschaften der Linux/jakobiner,
ahem ja. Wir ersuchen das p.t. Publikum höflich, Wut über
Pfusch mit den erwähnten Tools nur einem nachzutragen:

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MPAA: DeCSS-Liebesbriefe fuer Europa

Diese Liebesbriefe der MPAA, wie sich Jon Johansen
ausdrückt, kursieren offenbar überall in Europa, wo DeCSS
gehostet wird. Neben der quintessenz wurden auch andere
AT-Sites mit diesem schönen Text bedacht.

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Date sent: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 21:13:02 +0200 From: Jon
Lech Johansen <> To: Subject:

mpaa23 sent the webprovider of my old homepage their
standard loveletter.

I still haven't received anything at perhaps they
realize it's pointless to ask me to shutdown my own server.

btw, did I ever mention that universal studios is moving into
the offices right across the hall in the building where I work?
guess I need to get a hold of some stop the mpaa stickers :)

- jlj


----- Original Message ----- From: mpaa23 To: Sent: Friday, September 15, 2000
8:47 PM Subject:

91436 UNITED STATES PHONE: (818) 728-8127 Email: Anti-Piracy Operations

Hostmaster Digiweb Norge N-5378 Klokkarvik Norway ...

RE: Illegal Provision of DeCSS/Circumvention Device

Site/URL: MPAA File#: 5-671-

Dear Digiweb Norge Hostmaster:

The Motion Picture Association of America 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 within the meaning of the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act, 17 U.S.C. §1201(a)(2),(3). Providing or offering DeCSS
to the public on your system or network violates the
provisions of §1201(a)(2) which prohibits the "manufacturing,
importing or offering to the public, providing, or otherwise
trafficking" in an unlawful circumvention device. (17 U.S.C.
§1201 et seq. hereafter is referred to as the "DMCA").

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.

The district court's ruling makes clear that by providing
DeCSS, the above- referenced Internet site violates the
DMCA. We therefore demand 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.

Failure to comply with these measures will subject you to
liability pursuant to the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq.

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 of America

----- End forwarded message -----

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