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ComputerWorld: DVD dispute targets Norwegian teen-ager

Jan 26, 2000, 19:17 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ann Harrison)

"Johansen is the co-founder of a group called Masters of Reverse Engineering, whose members developed a software program, called DeCSS, that's designed to break the DVD encoding system. He was among the first to post DeCSS, which allows users to view DVDs on computers that don't use Windows or Macintosh operating systems."

"Johansen says the encryption codes on DVDs don't provide copy protection; they simply control playback...."

"The court here said that DeCSS provides the keys to theft. . . . That is wrong, and we would hope that people around the world would recognize that it is wrong," said Mark Litvack, worldwide legal director at the MPAA."

"As to other locales, I would hope that people would abide by law and to the extent that they challenge us, we will look at every instance and determine what to do -- we have numerous weapons available to us," he added."

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