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The Register: DVD Jon Gets Retrial Date

Apr 02, 2003, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Leyden)

"Norwegian teenager Jon Lech Johansen has been given a date when he must once again face DVD piracy charges.

"Johansen's attorney, Halvor Manshaus, told Reuters yesterday that Norway's Borgarting appeals court had scheduled a hearing beginning December 2. Eight days have been set aside to hear the case.

"The hearing is taking place despite the January acquittal of the Norwegian 19 year-old by a lower court on charges relating to his involvement in creating and distributing a utility for playing back DVDs on his own computer.

"An Oslo district court decided that Johansen was entitled to copy legally-purchased DVDs using the DeCSS descrambling program, in order to play back movies on his Linux PC..."

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