8 February 2000

Responses to the MPAA letter to Cryptome. Contributions welcome.

Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2000 13:57:55 -0800
From: Anonymous Attorney
To: jya@pipeline.com
Subject: MPAA Anti-Piracy Notice


Since you aren't one of the Defendants in the NY case, I don't see how it could even be considered to apply to you.  Nor are you one of the named Defendants in the California suit, so I don't think you are bound by an injunction.  This is their standard harassment strategy at work.

Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2000 17:30:55 -0500
To: John Young <jya@pipeline.com>
From: Ed Stone <estone@synernet.com>
Subject: mpaa/decss

Will they try to make a "demonstation case" out of you?

Being in NY, given the ruling there in favor of the DVD Nazis, must expose you to greater risk, re decss.

I find it very disappointing to see how the government's and industry's acceptance of freedom of the press vanishes when the Internet essentially gives everyone a press.

Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2000
To: Ed Stone <estone@synernet.com>
From: John Young <jya@pipeline.com>
Subject: mpaa/decss


Not sure what they will do, it was surprising Cryptome was not on the list of NY defendants for the federal suit. I suspect MPAA will eventually get around to anyone who annoys them. For now they seem to be looking for leverage in the press to save on legal costs. Maybe Cryptome got bumped up the list for doing them  the favor of publicizing Hoy's bestseller.

We've been advised to ignore the letter as harassment until or unless something official gets heaved into our bunker -- neither court injunction applies to us, yet.

Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2000 18:52:56 -0800
From: David Koontz <koontz@pluris.com>
To: jya@pipeline.com, mpaa.23@gateway.net
Subject: Applicability of preliminary injunction to cryptome.org

Not being a lawyer and never having played one on TV, I can only parse the english of the preliminary injunction in New York:

> 2. Defendants Shawn C. Reimerdes, Eric Corley a/k/a "Emmanuel Goldstein"
>    and Roman Kazan, their officers, agents, servants, employees and
>    attorneys and all persons in active concert or participation with them
>    who receive actual notice of this order by personal service or
>    otherwise be and they hereby are enjoined and restrained, pending the
>    hearing and final determination of this action, from
>       (a) posting on any Internet web site, or in any other way
>       manufacturing, importing or offering to the public,
>       providing, or otherwise trafficking in DeCSS, and


It is unclear that it can be found that a party not directly named in the injunction can be found to be "in active concert or participation.." who does not not know one of the defendants, has not communicated with one of the defendants and is not a participant in the lawsuit can be found to be "in active participation with them".  If this is not the case then a non-participant is not bound, i.e. not ejoined and restrained pending the hearing and final determination "of this action".

If one is not bound by an injunction, the notice received by John Young on February 4th might be perceived as a threat or act of intimidation, not withstanding notification under the Digital Millineum Copyright Act (which the notification is not apparently represented as).

One wonders if there can be any demonstrated loss or injury to  a copyright holder by the availability of DeCSS.  (If anyone is wondering I don't even own a PC).

From: Anonymous
To: <jya@pipeline.com>
Subject: MPAA Notice to Cryptome
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 21:58:29 -0500

This is the css code in "speech" format.  It won't compile, and it won't run, it could be argued that it's technically not "software", yet can easily be converted to C code.


[] decsspeech.zip

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> Cc:	Barr, Mary
> Attention All:
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> 	Breakout 1	LaGuardia                Available 11AM - 12PM	
> 	Breakout 2	Kennedy                   Available 9:30AM - 12PM
> 12:00 PM	Lunch	Trattoria	
> 	MPAA Meeting	LaGuardia                           [PRIVATE]	
> 1:00 PM	DVD CCA Advisory / DHSG	Grand Ballroom B	
> (or after lunch)	CSS Entity	Kennedy
> Meeting Room locator maps will be provided at the CPTWG Reception Desk.
> Due to economic considerations regarding CPTWG General Session Meeting
> costs and payment scheduling, it has become necessary to implement an
> attendance fee of One Hundred US Dollars ($100.00 US) per attending member
> to cover meals, equipment and service.  This fee will be collected by the
> Westin Staff at the Registration table prior to the start of the General
> Session.
> Registration Fees for CEA member participants and MPAA member participants
> are covered by dues paid to each respective organization.  However, they
> must still check in with the Westin Staff at the CPTWG Registration Desk
> in order to receive their exemption receipt and to be checked off the
> membership lists provided by CEA and the MPAA.  
> (Failure to check in with Westin Staff will result in full Registration
> Fee charges being added to Guest Room bill and/or participant's Company
> being invoiced for this Fee.)
> Questions regarding the implementation of this fee and/or MPAA membership
> should be directed to Christina Giroux in Fritz Attaway's office at the
> MPAA via e:mail at cgiroux@mpaa.org.
> Questions regarding special fee collection considerations for CEA
> participants intending should be directed to Joe Peck via e:mail at
> jpeck@eia.org.
> Questions regarding having this fee included as a line item on your Hotel
> room charges should be directed to Michael Williams at the Westin via
> e:mail at mwilliams@starlodge.com. 
> Anyone requiring additional copies of documents / hand-outs / presentation
> packages, etc. discussed in the General Session or side meetings will need
> to fill out a Copy Request Form (blank forms will be available at the
> Reception Desk) indicating the Requestor's Name, Room # and/or Company
> Affiliation.  Copying costs will then be charged to the Requestor's Room,
> or will be billed back to the Requestor's Company.
> Attendance Report for the previous meeting will be posted to the CPTWG
> Website prior to the next General Session for member information.
> Thursday, March 16, 2000
> Tuesday, April 18, 2000
> Please forward this message on to any regular attendees who are not
> currently listed on this distribution list, or anyone whose e:mail has
> changed or needs to be corrected.  (The contact database update is in
> progress, but not quite finished yet.)
> Thank you,
> Patti Spigarelli

JY private e-mail, 7 February 2000

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for the mailing list of an MPAA related organization, The Copy Protection Technical Working Group (CPTWG):


The first mailing arrived today. It outlines the agenda and accommodations for an all-day meeting on February 9 at the LA Airport Westin Hotel. The agenda includes an advisory from DVD CCA, open, and a session on CSS, private.

What was informative about the message was that its header included the email addresses of the list's subscribers, several dozens of them from the world's largest corporations and a few educational and non-profit organizations. Intriguing werethe cryptographers listed whose addresses I recognized, and to be sure, the attorneys and other faithful servants. Could one be a defendant? Probably. About half appear to be from outside the US.

None of this is confidential, however: the Web site of CPTWG provides lists of previous meeting attendees by name and affiliation, as well as a few reports and papers on copy protection intentions. Links go to other sites where more specific crypto and copy protection investigations and prospects are described.

The point of this message is to inquire if there might be someone who could be inspired to attend the LA meeting and give us a report. It appears to be open to the public. Here's the meeting outline: [See above]

Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2000 09:04:46 +0000
To: ukcrypto@maillist.ox.ac.uk
From: Donald Ramsbottom <donald@ramsbottom.co.uk>
Subject: JY and DeCSS and MAP

I suppose that it was inevitable, MAP have now descended on John Young and the Cryptome site. Below is the address of the letter he received from MAP.


Below are some extracts which show  that MAP far from trying to extract themselves from the stupidity of what they have done already, seem to be intent on proceeding even further and digging themselves into an even deeper hole.

So let us see what they are demanding of John.

>The Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California also recently granted
> a Preliminary Injunction against the Internet posting of DeCSS.

Thankfully we have to be in their jurisdiction for this to apply.

>If you are bound by an injunction, maintaining the DeCSS utility on your
>system or network violates the above injunction[s] and risks court sanctions
>for contempt.

Usually fines but can be and/or imprisonment. Note this does not say publish a copy on the website, but mereley "maintain a copy on your system or network" This is not what the injunctions say.

>We hereby demand that you:

Don't you just love polite enquiry.

>     1. take appropriate steps to cause immediate removal of DeCSS from
>      the above identified URL, along with such other actions as may be
>      necessary or appropriate to suspend this illegal activity;

I am not sure what this means, the removal is clear enough, but such other actions etc, what are they and whose opinion are they necessary and appropriate? I suppose the obvious annswer and "the only way to be sure" is to shut down the site.

>     2. provide appropriate notice to the subscriber or account holder
>     responsible for the >presence of DeCSS on your system or network,
>     advising him/her of the contents of this notice and directing that
>     person to contact the undersigned immediately at the e-mail
>     address provided above;

This is fair enough, apart from the "directing" bit.

>     3. advise us of the name and physical address of the person operating
>     this site; and

WHoah, there is nothing about this in the injunction, (which is to stop something happening by act/or ommission), allowing them to demand third party details. But as usual give them an inch and they will take a mile.

This could be YOU.

>     4. maintain, and take whatever steps are necessary to prevent the
>     destruction of, all records, including electronic records, in your
>     possession or control respecting this URL, account holder or
>     subscriber.

Ah so they also want the names and addresses of the third party and you are not allowed to exercise your right to destroy this info.It is not their data, but they are trying make it so. Again I have seen the injunctions and this edict is not included in the same. For the avoidance of doubt the NY Injunction says:

"Defendants Shawn C. Reimerdes, Eric Corley a/k/a "Emmanuel Goldstein" and Roman Kazan, their officers, agents, servants, employees and attorneys and all persons in active concert or participation with them who receive actual notice of this order by personal service or otherwise be and they hereby are enjoined and restrained, pending the hearing and final determination of this action from:
(a) posting on any Internet web site, or in any other way manufacturing, importing or offering to the public, providing, or otherwise trafficking in DeCSS, and

(b) posting on any Internet web site, or in any other way manufacturing, importing or offering to the public, providing, or otherwise trafficking in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof, that...."

Also note that you have to have actual notice by personal service for the injunction to apply.

>Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Your immediate response is

Nice and polite at the end.

What are MAP actually doing here, well they have an injunction against named persons in two states to prevent the dissemination of a bit of code known as DeCSS. As I understand it this code mereley allows DVDs to be played on a Linux based system and does not have all the attributes which have been assigned to it by MAP. As the arguements are technical and because the defendants do not have the resources of MAP, MAP have been able to hoodwink the Courts with scaremongering of piracy and billions of lost dollars.  This is evidenced by Judge Kaplans "preliminary opinion" published 04.02.00 part of the conclusion of which states:

>There is little room for doubting that broad dissemination of DeCSS
>would seriously injure or destroy plaintiffs' ability to distribute their
>copyrighted products on DVDs and, for that matter, undermine their
>ability to sell their products to the "home video" market in other forms.
>The potential damages probably are incalculable, and these
>defendants surely would be in no position to compensate plaintiffs
>for them if plaintiffs were remitted only to post hoc damage suits.

As can be seen from this extract the court may have been mislead somewhat as to the nature of the code in question. If it were a windows based decoder they **may** have an arguement, but linux is only used by a very small percentage as the OS on PCs. In any event it also ignores the fact that the code has already been widely disseminated as JY has told us in a previous post, 70,000 downloads in  a few days from one site out of 512 sites in a single state.

Why does all this matter to UKcrypto, because you can bet we (in UK) will be the first place outside US (other than Norway) where MAP tries to impose its will on the net and our Laws on the subject will probably allow for search and seizure of equipment and data. I would have thought the dissemination to date would allow a public domain defence, but you never know.

Enough rambling, we all ought to give John and others such support as we are able. If that means technical help then post it up I am sure it will get through to the right parties in the end. Rant over.

Donald Ramsbottom LL.B, BA (Hons).

RAMSBOTTOM & Co. Solicitors
Internet Law & Global Cryptology Law Specialists

From: Alan Ramsbottom <ACR@als.co.uk>
To: "'ukcrypto@maillist.ox.ac.uk'" <ukcrypto@maillist.ox.ac.uk>
Subject: RE: JY and DeCSS and MAP
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000 14:38:22 -0000

> From: Donald Ramsbottom [mailto:donald@ramsbottom.co.uk]
> If it were a windows based decoder

Oops.. DeCSS is Windows based.

The author blamed a lack of Linux support for UDF (a filesystem used on DVDs) when DeCSS was developed.


Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000 07:06:59 -0500
From: "Peter D. Junger" <junger@SAMSARA.LAW.CWRU.EDU>
Subject: Deceptive demands by MPAA

I have cross-posted this to the CYBERIA and ukcrypto lists.  I hope that those of you who receive duplicate copies will forgive me.

I have just read the demand that was sent by the Motion Picture Association of America to John Young, the maintainor of the invaluable Cryptome site: <http://cryptome.org/dvd-mpaa-ccd.htm>.

In their demand letter the MPAA recite the following facts:

On January 20, 2000, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a Preliminary Injunction prohibiting the Internet posting or other provision of DeCSS, having found that DeCSS was a prohibited circumvention device within the meaning of §1201(a)(2) and that the offering, providing or trafficking of DeCSS on the Internet violated §1201(a)(2). That court thus enjoined:
Posting on any Internet web site, or in any other way manufacturing, importing or offering to the public, providing, or otherwise trafficking in DeCSS, and (b) posting on any Internet web site, or in any other way manufacturing, importing or offering to the public, providing, or otherwise trafficking in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof, that: (i) is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing, or circumvention the protection afforded by, CSS, or any other technological measure that effectively controls access to plaintiffs' copyrighted works or effectively protects the plaintiffs' rights to control whether an end user can reproduce, manufacture, adapt, publicly perform and/or distribute unauthorized copies of their copyrighted works or portions thereof. . .

The Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California also recently granted a Preliminary Injunction against the Internet posting of DeCSS.

And then they say, not untruthfully,

If you are bound by an injunction, maintaining the DeCSS utility on your system or network violates the above injunction[s] and risks court sanctions for contempt.

And finally they demand that John Young do all sorts of things that he would in most cases not be bound to do were he bound by one of the injunctions.

What I find very disturbing is that the MPAA does not quote the portion of the SDNY's preliminary injunction that says who is bound to obey the language that they do quote, for if they had quoted that language it would have been clear that John Young is not bound in anyway by that injunction, which is, by its express terms and by the provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, binding only on named parties and their agents and others acting in concert with them.  (Nor do they mention that John Young is not a party to the California suit.)

Now after quoting the courts order, the MPAA just says ``if you are bound by an injunction'' and does not say that John Young is bound by one of the injunctions in question, although that is the clear implication of the rest of their letter, considering that there would be no basis for their demands were John not bound.

To say directly that John is bound by either of the preliminary injunctions would be to tell a lie.  To suggest it is, if not a lie, at least an effort to deceive.

This seems to me to be a clear case of deliberately using misleading language to deceive John Young and other non-parties who received similar letters.

I suppose that is why the demand comes from MPAA and not its attorneys, whom I hope would be, though I fear would not be, subject to sanctions if they had sent such a letter.


Peter D. Junger--Case Western Reserve University Law School--Cleveland, OH
EMAIL: junger@samsara.law.cwru.edu    URL:  http://samsara.law.cwru.edu

     NOTE: junger@pdj2-ra.f-remote.cwru.edu no longer exists

Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2000 16:21:06 +0000
To: ukcrypto@maillist.ox.ac.uk
From: Donald Ramsbottom <donald@ramsbottom.co.uk>
Subject: RE: JY and DeCSS and MAP

At 14:38 08/02/00 -0000, you wrote:

>> From: Donald Ramsbottom [mailto:donald@ramsbottom.co.uk]
>> If it were a windows based decoder
>Oops.. DeCSS is Windows based.
>The author blamed a lack of Linux support for UDF (a filesystem used on
>DVDs) when DeCSS was developed.

Big, oops, but thats what you get for doing things first thing before the first coffee kicks in.

Seriously it does not alter what I said that much.

Owen has a had a good point regarding the dissemination of data of third parties in the demand in that it would contravene the Data protection Act (the demand of MAPs lawyers) as well as the European directives on data protection.

Peter has put some of my ravings more eloquently in his posting. These are basically that the injunction is against named and served persons, and there is no requirement that even those named persons have to give up information about their confederates. The defendants have to stop publishing the code on the net and that is all.

The letter is a meant to frighten and coerce. I suspect John will not be intimidated, but many others may be. Incidentally in the UK it may be a contempt to state or imply that a court order has a certain effect when you know that it does not have that effect. I wonder what the position is in NY/CA? It is also bad practice a s a solicitor to threaten something which you have no instructions to do or threaten something unlawful. As the letter seems to be requiring unlawful demands it may be that it would contravene the state bar rules.Probably not but possible.

Donald Ramsbottom LL.B, BA (Hons).

RAMSBOTTOM & Co. Solicitors
Internet Law & Global Cryptology Law Specialists

From: "Simpson, Sam" <s.simpson@mia.co.uk>
To: ukcrypto@maillist.ox.ac.uk
Subject: RE: JY and DeCSS and MAP
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000 15:51:06 +0000

(Sorry if this question is gibberish...)

A quick question: Doesn't it make sense for as many people as possible to mirror the sites, even if it is their intention to promptly remove the site once they receive a "cease and desist" letter?

Also, is it recommended that indeed people do act upon these cease and desist letters?


Sam Simpson
Communications Analyst
-- http://www.scramdisk.clara.net/ for ScramDisk hard-drive encryption &
Delphi Crypto Components.  PGP Keys available at the same site.

Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000 16:00:46 GMT
From: Ian G Batten <I.G.Batten@ftel.co.uk>
To: ukcrypto@maillist.ox.ac.uk
Subject: Re: JY and DeCSS and MAP

> Thankfully we have to be in their jurisdiction for this to apply.=20

Those with an interest in these sorts of things will recall the JET Report saga. http://www.xs4all.nl/~yaman/jetusa.htm, for example.


Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2000 18:07:28 +0000
To: ukcrypto@maillist.ox.ac.uk
From: Donald Ramsbottom <donald@ramsbottom.co.uk>
Subject: Re: JY and DeCSS and MPAA


>> Thankfully we have to be in their jurisdiction for this to apply.
>Those with an interest in these sorts of things will recall the JET
>Report saga.  http://www.xs4all.nl/~yaman/jetusa.htm, for example.

I have just read this and confess I had not seen it before. I can imagine the County Solicitor being told by the County secreatry to "DO SOMETHING" and he did what many solicitors do which was at the behest of the client, fire off a letter full of indignation and threat. I suspect the solictor did not expect to get a reply, much less the reasoned opnion that he did. Notts County Council do not have the resources or will to pursue matters out of the jurisdiction (Unlike MPAA), and the reposte was probably filed quietly away.

The MPAA do have the requisite resources to follow up their threats (where legal), and if they could further their cause by say, attempting to shut down this group I have no doubt they would.

Sam has a point about disemination in his posting, and the more that do, the more pathetic the MPAA action looks and the less tenable; (there must come a point even in US copyright where the public knowledge of the so called trade secrets is so widespread they cannot sustain their arguement). What you do if you get a letter is a question for individuals. If you have weak nerves, comply for a quiet life, if on the other hand you are happy to "see what happens" then don't. personally I'd be happy to see what happened, but then I'm a lawyer who would like to put certain points in an English Court about what they were trying to do to me. Afterall, I am not a US citizen, I did not write the code or hack it (I am unable to do so), so the only thing that they could try and "pin" on me would be the dissemination in breach of copyright, but as it has been published hundreds of thousands of times by now I suspect they would get short shrift. that is my personal opinion, do not rely on it as defence!

I hope there have been sufficient postings to give JY some food for thought, and we should all give him our support (where we can), as it may be not on this issue but another that you or I have need of assistance.

Donald Ramsbottom LL.B, BA (Hons).

RAMSBOTTOM & Co. Solicitors
Internet Law & Global Cryptology Law Specialists

From: pgut001@cs.auckland.ac.nz (Peter Gutmann)
To: ukcrypto@maillist.ox.ac.uk
Subject: Re: JY and DeCSS and MAP
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 06:53:22 (NZDT)

"Simpson, Sam" <s.simpson@mia.co.uk> writes:

>A quick question: Doesn't it make sense for as many people as possible to
>mirror the sites, even if it is their intention to promptly remove the site
>once they receive a "cease and desist" letter?

I've had the code (in the form of the Hoy declaration) up on my web page for awhile (http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/misc/dvd-hoy-reply.html). The more people that post it, and the more juristictions it appears in, the harder it'll be for the MPAA - they can't fight it in every country on the planet (well, they can try I guess).

>Also, is it recommended that indeed people do act upon these cease and
>desist letters?

I intend to ignore any legal blustering, the chances of them successfully defending a mechanism designed to enforce differential pricing in a New  Zealand court is nil (DVD players sold in NZ usually have the region coding  disabled because of this, so CSS is meaningless to begin with).

On a related topic, has anyone looked at doing a clean-room copy of CSS a la RC2 and RC4 a few years back?  I know one or two people have looked at this in an informal manner, but we couldn't find anyone who hadn't already seen the DeCSS code to act as the clean person (it says a lot for the status of their "trade secret" that we couldn't actually find anyone who didn't already know  it).