Xing is also the company whose software-based DVD player contained the CSS decryption key in unencrypted format. As a result, a group of code hackers in Europe (Masters of Reverse Engineering) were able to create DeCSS in its first incarnation -- a program allowing for the decryption of DVDs.

The reason why this is important is it has created an enormous trial regarding the legality of DeCSS and has thrust the MPAA's practices, the future of computer programming, the future of personal freedom, and the future of copyright into the spotlight.

Thanks to shoddy programming practices at Xing (whose DVD player is now a part of history, only), many Linux users will, hopefully, be able to play DVD movies that they own on their operating system of choice.

A note to those who wonder why DeCSS was made as a Windows executable if it's supposed to let Linux users play movies: Linux at the time didn't have the ability to read the UDF format used on DVDs--they simply wouldn't be readable, period. Go into Windows, decrypt the movie to the drive, go back to Linux, pow, problem solved.