Friday, January 17, 2003

One for the hackers

Remember Jon Lech Johansen - the young Norwegian charged with hacking his own computer because he wanted to watch DVDs on his Linux machine? Well, on Tuesday he was acquitted.

Head Judge Irene Sogn said people cannot be convicted of breaking into their own property. Sogn said prosecutors failed to prove Johansen or others had used the program to access illegal pirate copies of films... The prosecution, which had called for a 90-day suspended jail sentence, confiscation of computer equipment and court costs, said it would decide in the next two weeks whether to appeal... Johansen said he would celebrate by watching DVDs using similar DVD-cracking software.

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