H2K (2000): "DeCSS and the DMCA - Hackers vs. Corporate America" (DVD)
Friday, July 14, 2000: 4:00 pm (Main Stage): There has never been a case like this in the history of the hacker world. For the first time, thanks to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it's actually illegal to figure things out and tell people how technology works - if the powers that be decide to keep this knowledge secret. Since hackers throughout the world continue to decrypt, reverse engineer, figure out things, and spread whatever it is they discover to whoever is willing to listen, there is a battle brewing like none we've ever seen. 2600 is only the first of what will likely be many defendants as the corporate/governmental fist continues ever more desperately to try to control the dissemination of information. A look at what DeCSS is, what it's not, and how the DMCA is going to affect each and every one of us. Hosted by Emmanuel Goldstein, Jon Johansen, Macki.