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MP3.com pulls coded song

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A song on MP3.com that revealed fragments of the computer code used to break the encryption on DVDs was removed by the Internet company, which believes it may have been subject to legal action if the song remained online. Performed by Joseph Wecker, “DeCSS.MP3” disclosed part of the code that was the centerpiece in the MPAA’s successful lawsuit last month against hacker Netzine 2600.com.

A federal judge ruled that the publication could not publish the code or link to other sites that made the code public. An e-mail from MP3.com to Wecker said that “your song has either a song title or lyrics that are offensive or otherwise inappropriate.” MP3.com is seeking to remain out of the legal spotlight in the aftermath of a ruling last week that the company could owe more than $100 million to Universal Music Group for copyright infringement.

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