2001/05/01: DeCSS case back in court on appeal.
2001/02/15: LiViD releases Open Media System DVD Player.
2001/01/18: California court stays proceedings against Matt Pavlovich.
2000/08/17: New York court enjoins 2600 Magazine from publishing or linking to DeCSS; Emmanuel Goldstein Responds.
The Industry's Center for DVD Resources
The DVD forum is a collection of hardware manufacturers and representatives from the movie studios. They came up with the encryption process, known as CSS. Several months ago some computer programmers released the source code, or the recipe to the program, that enabled other software engineers to decrypt CSS. This code is known as 'DeCSS' is the center of several law suits filed on behalf of the DVD-CCA and the MPAA.
Currently, the member companies of the DVD-CCA and the MPAA are trying to dispell the arguements of the defense.
Here is a copy of a memo sent out by the CEO of Disney. It is clear that even the key members of the companies filing complaints do not understand several of the key issues.
In order to counter their offensive, OpenDVD is encouraging people to put the small banner on web sites, and informing other people about the pending legal battles.
|MPAA/Consumer Electronics Ind.||OpenDVD.org|
|Extend DVD technologout throughout the Industry|
|Utilize DVD's high volume storage capabilities for video|
|Protect the rights of the copyright holders|
|Encourage new video content|
|Allow consumers to create DVD movie content|
|Protect the "fair use" rights of the consumers|
|Allow consumers to enhance the capabilities of DVD|
For a more complete technical descritption of the CSS scheme, read this declaration filed by Matthew R. Pavlovich for the DMCA case in New York.
The OpenDVD.org Group