A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a preliminary injunction Jan. 20 against three defendants who operated websites that distributed information about copying DVD-ROMs (Universal City Studios Inc. v. Reimerdes, S.D.N.Y., No. 00 Civ. 277 (LAK), 1/20/00). One day later, a judge in a similar case in a California state court — in a turnaround from his previous denial of a TRO — also granted a preliminary injunction against the defendants (DVD Copy Control Association Inc. v. McLaughlin, No. CV-786804, Sup. Ct. Calif., 1/21/00).

The New York case, which was filed Jan. 15, was brought by the Motion Picture Association of America. Both cases have been declared by the plaintiffs to be part of a campaign against online piracy, but the defendants claim that control of the DVD-player market, and not piracy of DVDs, is the real motivation behind the litigation.

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