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Programmers battle filtering firm, movie industry

Programmers engage in legal skirmishes with a Net filtering firm and a movie industry trade group for the right to disseminate cracked code on the Web.

     

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    Programmers engage in legal skirmishes with a Net filtering firm and a movie industry trade group for the right to disseminate cracked code on the Web.

    "It's like going into a bank and yelling out the vault code for everyone to steal rampantly."

    - Mark Litvack, vice president of legal affairs, MPAA Worldwide Anti-Piracy program

     


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