New York -- A Federal judge yesterday ordered an Internet Web site that offered software that allows DVD videos to be copied to remove the program from its site, a major win for the motion picture industry in its fight to protect its intellectual property rights.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan told Eric Corley, operator of the site called 2600.com, that the DVD movie copying software called DeCSS violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and the program and any related links must be removed. The 2600.com plans to appeal the decision.
MPAA head Jack Valenti said Kaplan's decision totally unhinged the defense's arguments.
"This was, in my judgment, the most tightly reasoned, unambiguous decision I've read in a long time," Valenti told Daily Vareity. "Judge Kaplan demolished every single argument posited by the defendant's counsel."
In a written statement on 2600.com the defendants said the result was not unexpected and they continued to defend their position.
"It doesn't matter that DeCSS wasn't created as a pirating tool whose purpose is to copy DVDs. It doesn't matter that DeCSS was created so that people could view their own DVDs on their own computer systems including those (such as Linux) for which no "legal" player had been developed."