DVD cartel backs off, EFF wins, DVD keys aren't "secret"

EFF won an important legal battle today. DVDCCA, the Hollywood licensing body that runs DVD, has dropped its bullshit suit against Andrew Bunner, a client of ours whom they accused of misappropriating their secret keys -- "secret" in this instance meaning, "available on millions of webservers all over the world."
"DeCSS has been available on hundreds if not thousands of websites for 4 years now," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "We're pleased that the DVD CCA has finally stopped attempting to deny the obvious: DeCSS is not a secret."

The California Supreme Court last year ruled that one could apply preliminary restraint on publication of a computer program only in very narrow circumstances. DVD CCA sued Bunner along with hundreds of people, including some T-shirt manufacturers.