Being a Norwegian/English/Scottish/American, I had to publish this one - "DVD-Jon is back in the news - he's the guy that became a hero to global hackers (and DVD consumers) when he developed and distributed a program that copies DVD movies - WHEN HE WAS JUST 15 years old. Yet more proof to Hollywood that no matter how "secure" their digital entertainment, some 15 year old kid somewhere in the world may be able to eventually hack it. They have all the time in the world - and since they are broke - the desire too!
More from Reuters:
"Norwegian Hacker Rebuts Music Piracy Criticism" A Norwegian hacker famed for defeating Hollywood in a cyber piracy trial on Thursday rejected allegations he had illegally unlocked a code that enables unauthorised copying of music files from the Internet.
Jon Johansen, a 20-year-old computer programmer who was cleared of piracy charges in January, has developed a source code for copying music and posted it on the Internet less than a week before he is due to appear in an Oslo appeals court.
Johansen's code allows users of Apple Computer Inc.'s new iTunes online music store to break digital rights management (DRM) technology that prevents people copying files downloaded from the service.
On an Internet site named "So Sue Me", Johansen said critics had "failed to understand that by buying into DRM they have given the seller complete control over the product after it's been sold," calling them "clueless about copyright law".
Johansen, whose DVD-copying made him a hero to hackers worldwide, said he had received a string of emails accusing him of violating copyright law linked to the iTunes codes."