Hackers object to ham-fisted movie business

In recent months, the MPAA has filed several lawsuits against Websites and programmers who posted a formula that allows decryption of DVDs' content-scrambling system, called CSS.

Some civil liberties groups and hackers objected to the MPAA's legal blitz, saying the posting of the de-encryption software is protected by free speech entitlement.

"The Motion Picture Association, the organisation that plays a major part in nearly every movie made, is shutting down thousands of Websites worldwide and suing countless individuals simply because they offer information on DVD technology that the MPAA wants to keep out of your hands," a notice posted on the Website of 2600 Magazine said yesterday, announcing the protest.

Calling itself the "hacker's" magazine, the publication said protests will take place and leaflets handed out outside movie theatres and video stores in 74 cities in North America and 26 cities in other parts of the world. No specific protest sites were named and efforts to contact 2600 Magazine were unsuccessful.

In its legal actions, the MPAA has cited the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which prohibits unauthorised use of copyrighted materials.

"The copy-scrambling system is there so you can't make illegal copies," said Emily Kutner, MPAA's manager of public relations for worldwide antipiracy, referring to the MPAA's most recent legal action. "Whether or not these people actually took the next step and made copies is not part of our complaint. Our complaint said it is illegal to traffic in anti-circumvention devices."

Joining the MPAA as plaintiffs are Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Tristar Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Time Warner Entertainment, Disney Enterprises and Twentieth Century Fox.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jack McCarthy

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?