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The Limits of DeCSS Posting: A Comparison of Internet Posting of DVD Circumvention Devices in the European Union The People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macau

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Eschenfelder, Kristin R.
Citation
Eschenfelder, K.R.; Desai, A.C.;(2005) "The Limits of DeCSS Posting: A Comparison of Internet Posting of DVD Circumvention Devices in the European Union The People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macau" Journal of Information Science 31 (4), pg. 317-331.
Date
2005
Subject(s)
online protest; DeCSS; technological protection measure; digital rights management
Abstract
This study explored differences in DeCSS posting between EU member nations, the PRC, Hong Kong, and Macau. DeCSS is a software program that circumvents DVD copy and access protection systems. The study investigated the number of websites in each nation that posted DeCSS. The study also examined the degree to which website authors included political speech on their websites referring to changes in copyright law brought about by World Intellectual Property Organization Treaty requirements. It also examined whether or not websites made reference to Free/Open Source software. Results found no DeCSS posting websites in the PRC, Macau, Luxembourg, Spain or Portugal; and results found few DeCSS posting websites in Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy and Greece. Results show more DeCSS posting websites in northern EU nations, especially the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and France. The paper draws on institutional theory and collective action theory to suggest explanations for the observed differences in DeCSS posting.
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