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BBC News - Legal Victory for 'DVD Hacker'
- An appeals court clears a Norwegian man of DVD piracy charges brought against him by the US movie industry. (December 22, 2003)
Jon Johansen Indicted by Norwegian Authorities
- "The authorities responsible for investigating economic crime in Norway today (after 2 years of 'investigation') charged JLJ for violating a law regarding computer 'break-ins', commonly known as the 'hacker paragraph'. This is for distributing the DeCSS sourcecode." News and forum discussion. [Slashdot] (January 10, 2002)
SecurityFocus - DeCSS Creator Indicted in Norway
- Norwegian prosecutors have indicted Jon Johansen for his role in creating the DeCSS program that unlocked a DVD copy protection system and unleashed a series of lawsuits by the motion picture industry. (January 10, 2002)
US Courts Kowtow to Entertainment Industry
- News of DeCSS linking case upheld on appeal and the dismissal of Felten v. RIAA. By Thomas C. Greene. [Register] (November 29, 2001)
DMCA 2, Freedom 0
- "2600 is reporting that they've lost their Appeal in the 2nd Circuit court." News and discussion forum. [Slashdot] (November 28, 2001)
World's First DeCSS Executable Prime Number
- "Mathematician Phil Carmody, who in March of this year managed to encode the DeCSS source in a prime number, has upped the ante by producing a prime number which represents an executable version of the banned CSS descrambler." By Thomas C. Greene. [Register] (September 11, 2001)
Judges Seek Answers on Computer Code as Free Speech
- "In what may signal a heightened significance for a case testing the constitutionality of a 1998 digital copyright law, a panel of appeals court judges has asked both sides of a case to answer a list of 11 questions on whether computer code can qualify as free speech." By Amy Harmon. [New York Times] [Free registration required.] (May 11, 2001)
Judges Weigh Copyright Suit on Unlocking DVD Shield
- "A lawyer for the Web magazine 2600 urged a federal appeals court in Manhattan yesterday to find unconstitutional a 1998 law that seeks to limit the unauthorized copying of digitized material." By Amy Harmon. [New York Times] [Free registration required.] (May 02, 2001)
Does an Anti-Piracy Plan Quash the First Amendment?
- "Does fair use entitle the scholar, reporter or others to gain access to the copyrighted work in the first place? It's at the heart of a closely-watched copyright and First Amendment case winding its way through the federal appeals maze." By Carl S. Kaplan. [New York Times] [Free registration required.] (April 27, 2001)
Movie Industry Frowns on Professor's Software Gallery
- "His site is a gallery devoted to representations of a piece of software that has been deemed illegal because it can be used to break through the copy-protection system on DVD movies." By David F. Gallagher. [New York Times] [Free registration required.] (March 30, 2001)
Movie Industry Wins a Round in DVD Copyright Case
- "A federal judge in Manhattan ruled today that a Web site operator cannot distribute a computer program used to crack codes that prevent the piracy of movies." By John Sullivan. [New York Times] (August 18, 2000)
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