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[online-recht] Fw: DeCSS Litigation

------- Forwarded message follows ------- From: "Lars Gebauer" <> To: "Online-Recht" <> Subject: [online-recht] Fw: DeCSS Litigation Date sent: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 23:54:37 +0100 Send reply to: "Online-Recht" <>

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----- Original Message ----- From: <> Newsgroups: 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 defendants.

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. ( 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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