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 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

March-April 2000: Newby is censored by UNC

External Resources

Many locations are doing a thorough job of tracking the events surrounding the MPAA's actions. Some key links to the DVD saga include: