Released under a free software license, DeCSS was soon being downloaded from hundreds, possibly thousands, of websites.
As frequently happens with censored material, the DeCSS code at this time was unstoppable; it had spread like wildfire.
Moore said he isn't exactly sure what his company's software does to duplicate DVDs, or if it contains the hotly debated DeCSS
A California State Appeals Court says that the Decss
software that unscrambles DVD codes is protected by the Constitution.
District Judge Lewis Kaplan found no legitimate purpose for the DeCSS program, which allows viewers to decode DVD movies and play them on computers.
Further, the judge held that anyone who directly linked to the DeCSS program or described it in enough detail to allow others to reproduce it would be violating copyright law.
Emmanuel Goldstein") and his company, 2600 Enterprises, to maneuver around the court's injunction against them to cease posting the DeCSS
utility, the member companies of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) today filed a motion to prohibit the defendants from hyperlinking to other Internet websites offering DeCSS
The MPAA argues that the program, DeCSS
, violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 because it "circumvents" DVD's security measures.