This site contains links and local copies of all relevant information about
DVD, CSS, DeCSS, LiVid, the DVD CCA and MPAA and the various lawsuits
You will quickly notice that there are almost no graphics and no fancy layout
here - this is all about content, not marketing.
A longer introduction and a disclaimer can be found
Note: This page is no longer being maintained. In fact, it is becoming
rapidly outdated and is preserved mainly for historical reasons. No new
events have been considered.
It certainly means I can put a closure to this website. It's about time.
(Jan 23, 2004) DVD CCA has
dropped its case.
Does that mean I can travel to California again without fear for arrest?
I have received a .zip allegedly containing the source code of the decss
program, it's in the download section.
I have also received via anonymous remailer a programm called css cat. It
uses libdvdcss to copy the mpeg stream from a DVD to someplace else. I have
not had a chance to check this program out, so try at your own risk.
The California Appeals Court has, for now, struck down the injunction and
reversed the lower court's ruling on free speech reasons.
The US Anti-Trust Division has publish a report including a list of members
in the DVD CCA cartel. (thanks to cryptome for the plain-text excerpt)
A smoking gun - read this WIPO document
(.pdf format) for some interesting information straight from the horse's
mouth - a Time Warner analyst and a DVD CCA lawyer. It clearly refutes most
of the claims made by judge Kaplan and the MPAA and tells a quite different
Cryptome has created an HTML version
of the document.
If you are interested in not supporting the CSS crazyness, but still
want to watch DVDs, maybe this list
of (CSS) Free DVDs will be useful to you.
CSS and DeCSS
CSS stands for Content Scrambling System, a (very weak) encryption
used for movie DVDs.
DeCSS is a small piece of software that breaks the CSS encryption and allows
the reading of encrypted DVDs.
For better understanding, this chapter also contains a lot of background
information about how CSS works and how it was defeated.
more about DeCSS
LiVid is an open-source project to bring video and DVD playback to Linux.
For various reasons, it required the breaking of the CSS "encryption", and
DeCSS was in fact partly developed as part of the LiVid project.
more about LiVid
DVD CCA and their lawsuit(s)
The DVD CCA is a trade organization with the sole purpose of licensing CSS.
On December 27th, 1999 DVD CCA sued over 500 people in at least 11 nations
for making DeCSS available for download, or for linking to a site that does
so, claiming "misappropriation of trade secrets".
On December 29th, 1999 their request for a temporary restraint order (TRO)
was turned down. On January 18th, 2000, a preliminary injunction was granted
until the case is resolved.
MPAA has joined DVD CCA on January 17th, 2000 in a New York lawsuit that might
well put the Digital Millenium Act to the test.
more about DVD CCA and their lawsuit(s)
Illegal Art? You can get your dose right at the DeArt Contest.
What Might Be Going On
Possible reasons and explanations for the DVD CCA and MPAA over-reactions.
Notice: The content of this page is speculative. I don't claim that it's
true, I just claim that it's possible.
Recently, quite a lot has been written about DeCSS and related topics. With
over 150 articles, this is the - to my knowledge - most complete collection
of links to news articles about DeCSS and the lawsuits.
read the press sightings list
The final page contains my personal comments about various items. In the above
parts I try to be impartial, stating only facts and items I believe I can
prove if necessary. This chapter, however, is purely opinion.
see my personal comments
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