links to websites offering circumvention technology in
A Munich court of appeal
upheld a lower court ruling, that ordered German
website Heise.de to remove a hyperlink to SlySoft's
website. SlySoft is the maker of ANYDVD, a software
product that allows cracking the copyright protection
found on most DVD-Video discs, and CloneCD, a tool that
allows backing up copy protected audio CDs.
According to the ruling, Heise is free
to report on software that can crack copy-protection mechanisms on DVDs,
but has to refrain from linking to the software vendor's homepage.
Freedom of the press does not protect Heise's right to link to the goods.
For more information on the
case also see Update 31:
Link To Site Selling DVD Circumvention Software has to