Court exempts trade secrets from free speech

— 12:29 PM on August 26, 2003

The California Supreme Court has ruled that Internet disclosures of trade secrets aren't covered by free speech. The ruling has ramifications for DVD copying software, whose copyright cracking code was previously covered under free speech. With the door to free speech exemptions for trade secrets open, it will be up to the lower courts to decide whether the DVD code qualifies. The fact that the code has been so widely distributed over the past four years could effectively kill any chance it has at being classified as a trade secret, but new copyright standards won't have that problem.

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