MPAA STARTS A NEW ROUND OF THREATENING LETTERS

As expected, the Motion Picture Association of America has begun to threaten people all over the world in the wake of their victory in the 2600 lawsuit.

As expected, the Motion Picture Association of America has begun to threaten people all over the world in the wake of their victory in the 2600 lawsuit.

This time, not only are sites that mirror DeCSS being targeted, but also those that merely have LINKS to other sites with DeCSS. The MPAA points to the anti-linking ruling in the 2600 decision and apparently intends to pursue people who type a single line of HTML – if it points somewhere they don’t want it to point.

If you’re surprised by this, then you haven’t been paying attention. This is precisely what Judge Kaplan’s ill-advised ruling guaranteed. There will be more threats, more intimidation tactics, and a whole lot more victims. Expect more lawsuits from more corporations as they continue to crack down on free expression and free speech.

So far the only people who cannot post or link to DeCSS are the people of 2600. But they will use our case to shut down anyone else who attempts to do this.

There are two ways to stop this. One is for everyone to comply. The other is for DeCSS to show up EVERYWHERE – on a much more massive scale than ever before. The MPAA would be spending so much in the way of time and resources that they might even have to stop judging movies.

Obviously, we prefer the second option but we’re not going to tell people which they should do. This could carry serious consequences, even more serious than what we’ve already gone through. But not doing anything to stop this madness will carry even more far-reaching consequences. Which way to go on this is a decision that has to be made on an individual level.

The MPAA is also sending threatening letters to ISPs, schools, and workplaces of those people who have the DeCSS code or links to it on their site. In many cases, this is enough to have access cut off to the individual since such letters carry a lot of weight, especially for those who want to stay out of the spotlight.

On several occasions, letters have been sent to people who haven’t posted or linked to DeCSS in months.

click here to see the letter that is being sent to individuals via e-mail:

Author: 2600

News Service: 2600.com

URL: http://www.2600.com/news/2000/0830.html

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