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June 18, 2018

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DVD code breakers: Copyright in a High Tech World
Last Featured: 9/23/2002

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Computer hackers cracked the computer code blocking people from copying material off protected DVDs. After sharing that information over the Internet, the makers of DVDs sued in court accusing them of violating trade secrets and arguing they are guilty of stealing and distributing unlicensed material. But the code breakers claim they only found the code and are not “distributing” anything they have not created themselves. From Napster’s file swapping to hackers’ unlocking DVD sounds and pictures, what does the future hold for intellectual property in a digital world?

Siva Vaidhyanathan , a cultural historian and media scholar, is an assistant professor of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity, Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and The Nation. After five years as a professional journalist, Vaidhyanathan earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at the University of Texas, Wesleyan University and New York University.

Fritz Attaway is the Executive Vice President and Washington General Counsel of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. where he is responsible for directing the MPAA’srelationship with Congress and federal agencies. Before joining MPAA, Attaway served as Attorney-Advisor in the Cable Television Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission where he was involved in rule-making proceedings concerning cable television and pay TV. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Attaway is also an officer of the Motion Picture Association which represents MPAA member companies abroad, and serves on the board of directors of The Copyright Collective of Canada.

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"In vain we call old notions fudge, and bend our conscience to our dealing; the Ten Commandments will not budge, and stealing will continue stealing."

— Motto from the American Copyright League

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by Siva Vaidhyanathan
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by Jessica Litman
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by Lawrence Lessig
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