Norwegian Teen Wins DVD Decryption Case

| January 2003

A Norwegian Court Tuesday acquitted a teenaged computer coder who had published his DVD decryption code on the Internet. The ruling was seen by some as a crushing blow to the American entertainment industry.As the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reports, 16-year-old Jon Lech Johansen was acquitted of all charges in the copyright infringement case, which had been brought three years earlier by the Motion Picture Association of America and other plaintiffs. Judge Irene Sogn ruled that there was ?no evidence? that Johansen had used the decryption code for illegal purposes and that it was not illegal to use the code to watch DVD films obtained legally. The code allows Johansen?and others?to view DVDs on their computers rather than having to buy expensive DVD players. Legal experts had been eagerly awaiting the outcome of the case, which they believed could have copyright ramifications.--Craig CoxGo there >>

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