FC: Johansen acquitted on all charges in Norwegian DeCSS case

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Tue Jan 07 2003 - 10:08:40 PST

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        Tuesday 07 January 2003 Aftenposten Nettutgaven
        'DVD Jon' scores huge legal victory
        A Norwegian teenager who helped crack a code meant to protect the
        content of DVDs won full backing from an Oslo court on Tuesday. The
        court acquitted him on all charges, a ruling that comes as a crushing
        blow to public prosecutors and entertainment giants.
        The case had been widely described as a "David vs Goliath" battle,
        pitting 16-year-old Jon Lech Johansen from a small town south of Oslo
        against huge corporations and organizations including the Motion
        Picture Association of America.
        "David" clearly won.
        Norwegian prosecutors, acting largely on a complaint from the powerful
        American entertainment industry, had maintained that Johansen acted
        illegally when he shared his DVD decryption code with others by
        putting it out on the Internet. [...]
        The court ruled there was "no evidence" that either Johansen or others
        had used the decryption code (called DeCSS) for illegal purposes.
        Johansen therefore couldn't be convicted on such grounds, nor for
        acting as an accessory to other alleged illegal activity, wrote judge
        Irene Sogn in the court's ruling.
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