Feeds

DVD judges want free-speech arguments

Is DeCSS 'expressive'?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

New hybrid storage solutions

Judges hearing the appeal of 2600 publisher Eric Corely aka Emmanuel Goldstein, who was barred from posting or even linking to the DeCSS utility last summer by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan, have asked for additional written arguments on whether the lower court violated Corely's First Amendment rights.

The Second Circuit US Court of Appeals in Manhattan heard arguments for and against publishing DeCSS, which defeats the CSS (Content Scrambling System) of DVDs back on 1 May.

The appellate court has asked both sides to answer eleven questions dealing in large part with how the First Amendment might apply to computer code.

During the hearing the court appeared skeptical -- even hostile -- toward the idea that computer code has expressive value. However, hard questioning from judges can't always be taken at face value, as they may play devil's advocate to explore more rigorously those issues they're most concerned about.

The First Amendment question here is so significant that the court is soliciting arguments which it might not imagine on its own, for added confidence when it issues its decision.

Written briefs are due by 30 May. The court may rule, for better or worse, at any time after. ®

Related Link

transcript of 1 May hearing

Related stories

DVD descrambler suit going to appeal
Public interest cited in DVD descrambler appeal

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?
How keen will buyers be when exposed to the real price?
Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations
Top bods claim IT titan's latest court filing is smoking gun of 'reckless aggression'
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE
As Nevada throws the SpaceX supremo a $1.25bn bone
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.