Publication of Decryption Software Violates DMCA

This article addresses the issue of the application of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to the publishing of software-decryption information on an Internet site. A case that exemplifies the conflict between copyright law and the constitutional protections of free speech will be examined. The Copyright Clause grants authors "the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries," thereby prohibiting others from utilizing certain forms of expression. The First Amendment prohibits Congress from "abridging the freedom of speech" and expression. However these two rights appear to be in direct conflict as shown in the fallowing United States federal court decision.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How does DeCSS work?
What did the Universal City Studios, Inc., et al v. Shawn Reimerdes court hold?
What other cases have involved this technology?


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