March 27, 2001

Public interest cited in DVD descrambler appeal

Author: JT Smith

The Register reports that lawyers for the Web site 2600 are arguing that publishing the DeCSS DVD descrambling code is in the public interest. "This may be the most important challenge to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
(DMCA) yet mounted, because 2600 didn't make whole, copyrighted works
available, but rather made a utility program available which, while outlawed by the
DMCA on grounds that it enables evildoers to circumvent a technical access
control to copyrighted work, is also an item of journalistic interest."
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