Hollywood loses first round in DVD fight

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Hollywood loses first round in DVD fight

A judge in Santa Clara, Calif. has rejected a request by the movie industry for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the distribution of a program that can crack the encryption code on DVD-formatted movies.

The ruling came one day after the industry filed a complaint accusing 72 named and anonymous individuals of violating trade secrets violations by helping distribute the program, known as DeCSS, on the Web.

While the 16-year-old Norwegian student who posted the program in October reportedly has since removed the information, others on the Web continued to distribute the program.

Legal experts say the industry may have a hard time proving their case, since the state’s trade secrets laws require proof that a third-party user knew the material was protected and intended to commit further harm by distributing the information.

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