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Open Source and the DMCA: What Hath Digg Wrought?

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The flap erupted earlier this month.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) started sending Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) requests to Digg.com and a slew of other popular blogging sites on which users had posted a 32-hexadecimal digit code, a processing key that could be used to circumvent digital rights management (DRM) protection in HD DVD discs.

Though the MPAA was vigorously attempting to keep its copyright protections intact, the act may have unleashed more harm than good in preventing the spread of a crack code.

The incident is more significant as a grassroots protest over user dissatisfaction with the DMCA than a confrontation with issues related to open source programming, several lawyers familiar with the controversy told LinuxInsider.

"Does the movie industry want to push on this? They could.

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