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From:           	"Lars Gebauer" <gebauerfoto@gmx.net>
To:             	"Online-Recht" <online-recht@liste.akademie.de>
Subject:        	[online-recht] Fw: DeCSS Litigation
Date sent:      	Tue, 28 Dec 1999 23:54:37 +0100
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From: <davinarich@my-deja.com>
Newsgroups: de.org.ccc
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 1999 11:01 PM
Subject: DeCSS Litigation

 Hello.  As many of you are aware, on September 27, 1999 an action was
commenced by DVD CCA, which is a trade association and the sole
licensing entity for DVD technology.  This action was brought to
enjoin certain web site owners from alleged "misappropriation of trade
secrets" licensed by DVD CCA and for alleged damages incurred.  The
allegations contained within the complaint are far reaching in that
they allege, among other things, misappropriation of trade secrets and
copyright infringement.

A hearing has been scheduled for September 29, 1999, at the Superior
Court of the State of California, County of Santa Clara to determine
if a temporary restraining order should be granted against the named

I am an attorney licensed to practice in New York in addition to being
president of PZ Communications, Inc., the owner of The Ultimate DeCSS
Resource Site.  (http://www.pzcommunications.com/decss/main.htm).  Our
site has been named in the lawsuit under our Vice-president's personal
name (Glenn Rosenblatt) and we are greatly offended by the position
that the plaintiff has taken in this matter against not only our site
but against all defendants and the repercussions that it will have on
the entire Internet.  We shall be filing response papers with the
court on September 29, 1999, via fax, in opposition to the request for
the temporary restraining order.  Additionally, I have spoken directly
to Jared B. Bobrow, Esq., attorney for the plaintiff regarding the
numerous legal issues in addition to being in contact with several
attorneys whose area of expertise are Internet law and copyright
matters.  It is both my opinion and the attorneys with whom I have
spoken that there is no merit to these claims.  It is also my opinion
that we must all band together as there are very serious legal issues
at stake, most importantly that of an "open Internet" where there can
be the free decimation of information and ideas without unlawful
control.  It is the intention of PZ Communications, Inc. to set up a
legal defense team to fight this and any other related lawsuits and to
act as the primary resource site in all matters related to this
litigation.  As a result we have set up several pages on our site
devoted entirely to this issue in addition to a forum for all involved
to communicate directly with regard to this issue.  I encourage
everyone with an interest in this issue, be it direct or indirect, to
visit and participate at our website in addition to contacting me and
forwarding whatever information that you may deem relevant (articles,
personal opinions, etc.) so that this may be included on our website.

 Furthermore, as The Ultimate DeCSS Resource Site is seeking to become
the primary resource site with regard to this litigation, I encourage
you to have links to our site placed on your sites and sites that you
may be in contact with so that as many people as possible may be kept
informed as to the status of this matter.

 Thank you,

 Peter L. Katz, Esq.
President, PZ Communications, Inc.
The Ultimate DeCSS Resource Site

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