Prof. Newby's DVD Page
'... such is the opinion of the Office of
University Counsel. The Copyright Act, as amended in 1998, provides
that "No person shall...offer to the public, provide, or otherwise
traffic in any technolgy, product, service, device, component, or part
thereof, that ...is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of
circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls access
to a work protected under this title." Consequently, and immediately,
you should cease making DeCSS available in conjunction with University
duties and/or through use of University resources. Specifically, and
in response to your inquiries, it is not appropriate for you to make
DeCSS accessible to students, on your web-based syllabus or otherwise;
to put copies of DeCSS in the library (a step that would merely shift
to the library the violation of the statute), or to maintain notes
from past classes dealing with the files in such a manner that they
make DeCSS accessible to others.' (From Email from David M Parker in UNC Legal
Counsel's office, sent April 11 2000.)
August-September 2000: The MPAA now thinks Linking is Illegal
- Email complaint of August 29 from
the MPAA, saying that I must remove links from my class Web pages.
Here's Newby's commented version.
This time, the UNC legal counsel sided with me, and "respectfully
declined" to cause the links to be removed. (In other words, UNC
didn't censor me this time.)
- Here is a link to Dr. David Touretzky's collection of DeCSS in
many variant forms: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/DeCSS/Gallery/index.html.
He has not received any letters from the MPAA, at last check. Updated
February 25: Here's Slashdot
coverage of his response to the MPAA letter, which is available here.
For reasons unknown, the MPAA's lawyers actually sent a letter to
Touretsky. In my case, they only sent it to the UNC administration.
March-April 2000: Newby is censored by UNC
Many locations are doing a thorough job of tracking the events
surrounding the MPAA's actions. Some key links to the DVD saga
- This is key: the brief filed by
Martin Garbus, 2600's lawyer. He lays out arguments against
DVD, the DMCA and in favor of fair use. It's an argument I wish
I had in dealing with UNC's legal counsel.
excellent collection of documents relating to the MPAA DVD cases.
on copyright by L. Ray Patterson. Argues, among other things,
that contemporary judges and Congress ignore the actual meaning
and purpose of copyright.
- The Openlaw Forum, in The Berkman Center for Internet & Society
at The Harvard Law School, has a discussion forum
concerning legal challenges to the MPAA's position and to the Digital
Millennnium Copyright act
- LiViD, the Linux Video
project, based in Germany
- 2600.com, the Web site of a
print magazine. 2600 is a defendant in the NY court case
of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (PL 105-304) via the EFF.
Section 1201 is what the MPAA referenced in their letter to UNC and
- DVD Playing HOWTO.