Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Hack this!

"A landmark trial of a teenager in Norway accused of video piracy has ended with prosecutors calling for his computers to be confiscated. But they stopped short of seeking jail time, recommending that the teenager, Jon Johansen, get a 90-day suspended sentence instead. Mr Johansen is accused of creating and distributing a computer program that breaks the copy protection on DVDs. In the five-day hearing, the teenager said that the software he created was necessary to enable him to watch movies on his Linux computer."

If I remember correctly, the laws in Norway are such that Johansen actually had to be charged with hacking his own computer. His defense attorney argued that "The thief who breaks into his own flat is not committing any crime." Apparently the powers-that-be disagree.

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