Re: [TTLUG] DVD Jon is free
- Rock on dude :)
--- RichardJ@... wrote:
> DVD Jon is free - official
> By John Leyden
> Posted: 07/01/2003 at 11:09 GMT
> The entertainment lobby has failed to persuade a
> Norwegian court to convict
> a teenager for creating a utility for playing back DVDs
> on his own computer.
> Jon Lech Johansen has been acquitted of all charges in a
> trial that tested
> the legality of the DeCSS DVD decryption utility he
> produced, Norwegian
> paper Aftenposten reports.
> Norwegian prosecutors, acting largely on the behest of
> the Motion Picture
> Association of America (MPAA), argued in court that
> Johansen acted illegally
> in sharing his DeCSS tool with others and distributing it
> via the Internet.
> They claimed the DeCSS utility made it easier to pirate
> The court rejected these arguments, ruling that Johansen
> did nothing wrong
> in bypassing DVD scrambling codes that stopped him using
> his Linux PC to
> play back DVDs he'd bought.
> Judge Irene Sogn ruled that there was "no evidence" that
> either Johansen or
> others had used the decryption code (DeCSS) illegally,
> Aftenposten reports.
> Judge Sogn dismissed prosecution arguments that Johansen
> intended to aid and
> abet DVD piracy.
> The ruling means its legal to use DeCSS code to watch
> legally obtained DVD
> films, at least in Norway.
> The case began three years ago with a raid on Johansen's
> home, after which
> he was charged by the Norwegian Economic Crime Unit for
> obscure offences
> against Norwegian Criminal Code 145(2) which carry a
> sentence of up to two
> years in jail.
> The case has been closely watched ever since, and
> Johansen's victory
> represents a big win for the tech enthusiasts against the
> bully-boy tactics
> of the US entertainment industry. �
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