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Court makes interesting ruling

Something else to worry about now . . .

4:47 pm on Sep 8, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Front page [nytimes.com] in the New York Times today.

>>Judge Kaplan's stab at a solution to the linking puzzle as part of his August 17th decision in the highly-publicized DeCSS case, which pitted eight movie studios against Eric Corley, who, under the name Emmanuel Goldstein, runs a print and Web publication, "2600: The Hacker Quarterly."<<

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Like a commentary I read on another site (suck.com?), he said that if there was anyone that needed a reality check on how the world works, it would be geeks.

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That link is no longer valid. Finding up-to-date links is not easy, as many of the news stories have been archived and are no longer where the search engines think they are.

The EFF has an archive of transcripts and presentations at [eff.org...] but it is incomplete at the time of this posting.

A news article from January 21, 2000 spells out the core issues in the case here: [idg.net...]

The opinion and final judgement may be found (in .PDF format) here: [eon.law.harvard.edu...]

The judgement does not contain any far-reaching implications about the legality of linking to other Web sites, except in that it may be used as a precedent in future cases where injunctions are sought against linking to sites with illegal content. Most Internet Service Providers already forbid such linking, and this judgement (within the jurisdiction of the United States judicial system) merely makes that a legally binding requirement.

The judgement in no way threatens the freedom to link to legal content.

Disclaimer: I am not an attorney. Nor do I play one on television or the Internet, or in the movies, or on radio. I do not dispense legal advice. People who want legal advice should consult an attorney.