Apparently the contents of these files (decss.tar.gz, 21k), which might allow you to decrypt a DVD movie that you have bought and paid for, could be illegal for you to see, use, or potentially understand.
Many people rallied to support the right to figure out how things work by posting the files on their web pages, or by linking to someone who posted the files on their web page, including 2600. The MPAA has sent threatening letters and followed with legal action against sites which post or link to the files above. The publisher of 2600, Emmanuel Goldstein, went to court under the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The decision was handed down on 8/17/2000 against 2600. The plaintiffs were:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Disney Enterprises, Inc. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. Paramount Pictures Corporation TriStar Pictures, inc. Twentieth Centry Fox Film Corporation United Artists Pictures, Inc. United Artists Corporation Univeral City Studios, Inc. Warner Bros., a Division of Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P.The losers are all of us.