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Date: 1999-11-19

DVD-Crack: Die Jagd beginnt

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Die Motion Picture Association of America hat begonnen,
Websites unter Druck zu setzen, die den DVD-Crack DeCSS
hosten. Unter dem Digital Millennium Copyright Act ist es
illegal, den Kopierschutz von Programmen zu brechen.

Höchste Zeit deshalb, dass auch ein quintessentieller Mirror
online geht:

Einen der ersten europäischen Mirrors, inklusive einer Liste
der etwa 50 zur Zeit bekannten anderen Mirrors, betreibt Tom
Vogt, auf dessen Informationen zahlreiche q/depeschen der
Vergangenheit basieren.

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In a major test of a new copyright law, the Motion Picture
Association of America is hunting down and eliminating from
the Net a program that cracks the security on DVDs.

The motion picture industry was rocked earlier this month
when programmers discovered a way to remove anti-copying
features from DVD versions of hundreds of copyrighted

But the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA),
which lobbies for the major U.S. studios' political and
financial interests, appears to be having success in
convincing Web sites to remove the utility. Called DeCSS,
the program can crack the encryption code in the DVD
Content Scrambling System, allowing people to make
unauthorized copies of digital movies to play on their
computers or television sets.

The MPAA has sent cease and desist letters to numerous
Web sites, citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which
passed last October. The DMCA made it a crime to create,
sell or distribute any technology that could be used to break
copyright-protection devices.

"The MPAA takes seriously any unauthorized compromises
of encryption technology," said the association's spokesman,
Rich Taylor, who declined to comment further on the issue.

For now the MPAA is not going after people who actually use
DeCSS to make illegal copies of DVDs because the law is
not on its side--yet.

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