DeCSS is the software that decrypts the CSS on movie DVD's and was originally released so that Linux users could view movie DVD's on Linux based computers. Since then it was incorporated into some softwares, the one by 321 Studios being the more famous of them, and used for making personal copies and allegedly some "illegal" copies. Ever since the release of DeCSS it's been under legal attack. The article below that explains why they think the software shouldn't be illegal is interesting and makes some good points.
The case filed against 2600.com by various members of RIAA over 2600 distributing copies of DeCSS.
The above page gives their reasons why DeCSS should be legal for users.
Not just the RIAA, but the U.S. Department of Justice may now go after file swappers. A related event is the continuing buzz over DeCSS and the software by 321 Studios called DVD XCopy and the recent events in that court case. Since the link is a CNET story I think it should have been OK to post the whole article, but not knowing mods' feelings on that for sure you will have to follow the link.
Last modified: May 26, 2004, 4:00 AM PDT
By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
File swappers concerned about getting in trouble with record labels over illegal downloads may soon have a major new worry: the U.S. Department of Justice.
A proposal that the Senate may vote on as early as next week would let federal prosecutors file civil lawsuits against suspected copyright infringers, with fines reaching tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The so-called Pirate Act is raising alarms among copyright lawyers and lobbyists for peer-to-peer firms, who have been eyeing the recording industry's lawsuits against thousands of peer-to-peer users with repidation. The Justice Department, they say, could be
far more ambitious. (more at page)